Defending the Devil Herself

When Marissa Mayer was hired as CEO of Yahoo, women everywhere got very, very excited. Marissa was going to be the role model for working mothers everywhere. She was going to show us how we can have it all, a wildly successful career and parenting perfection all rolled up in one.

Then she put the kibosh on working from home and the mothers turned on her. Apparently she is now the devil incarnate out to destroy families and ruin future generations. Or is she?

Get a grip folks! She was hired to whip a major company back into shape. She was not hired by Yahoo to further some feminist ideology that mothers can have it all – I’m pretty sure that’s not on Yahoo’s mission statement.

Whipping a company into shape requires making tough decisions, re-evaluating current work practices, discipline, and risking unpopularity. That’s exactly what Marissa is doing and I have to respect her for that. Now she’s getting flak for being too picky about who she hires!? Do you think a company should just hire any old applicant?

Marissa is not playing the role we wanted or expected – she never agreed to it. She’s just doing her job. How about we put the rotten produce down and get on with our own jobs?


About dirtyrottenparenting

I'm a parent of two lovely (most of the time) children. I work full time out of the home and I don't cook well, bake, sew, or do crafty things. I keep my high heels and jewelry at my office because there's no point in having them at home.
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10 Responses to Defending the Devil Herself

  1. Wouldn’t it be nice if life could always be perfect, and we could always have everything!

  2. emmacconway says:

    Women in business always get flak. We can’t win. If we re tough we re wagons, if we re too considerate we have hormones… And we are our own worst judges and advocates. Fortunately we have blogging!

  3. stephieleidig says:

    I think the part that’s causing the most uproar is the fact that she had a nursery built right by her office so she could bring her child to the office while other mothers are forced to leave their little ones or find another job.

    • I dunno, I’d hate to have a nursery next to my office. Then again, as a Canadian, I did get a full year of mat leave so by the end, I was ready to let my fabulous daycare play with my kid all day long, every day of the week.

      I would get nothing done if I worked from home with my kids underfoot.

      • stephieleidig says:

        yea, I don’t know how anyone gets anything done with a kid around. My child is only 5 months old but she keeps me up and busy all the time. I’m lucky if I can get my studying done for class.

  4. sillyliss says:

    I know nothing about her so I can’t say I have an opinion, but I did enjoy your post. 🙂

  5. candidkay says:

    I’m still in the boo-hiss camp. I work from home for a major tech company and am mother to two boys. I’m good at what I do. And all the Yahoo talent that want to have lives in addition to success, will leave for competitors who pull talented global teams together from wherever they happen to be. Schlepping to the local office and working with the other folks who have no other options does not beat competitors who source globally. Flexibility allows me to see my child’s play in middle of afternoon. Because of that, no grudge at working in pajamas at 11 p.m.

    • You’re one of the few lucky individuals then. My job could easily be done from a home office, and as much as I fantasize about it on some days, I just can’t summon the burning passion against a company head who decides they don’t want their workers offsite.

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