Marissa Mayer, why have you forsaken us?
When the pregnant 37-year-old was named CEO of tech giant Yahoo last year, it was a cause for celebration for many working mothers. Here was a woman who had a marriage, an uber-high-profile job and a baby on the way. Finally, not only was there proof that women could have it all, but there was also a sense that Mayer would understand the difficulties of working mothers in the trenches — and presumably make it better for us.
Then two weeks ago, Mayer decreed that Yahoo employees could no longer work from home. While certainly lots of workers of both sexes telecommute, the reality is that the ability to work from home is seen as the holy grail for working mothers.
Sick kid? Work from home.
Snow day? Work from home.
Spring break and no camp options? Work from home.
And so to many working moms, Mayer’s directive was not a business decision but a betrayal of the sisterhood.