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(Los Angeles Times) What Marissa Mayer's pregnancy meant to women


Will Marissa Mayer's high-profile pregnancy help end pregnancy discrimination?

The Yahoo CEO, who gave birth last week, is the topic of a New York Magazine article by Lisa Miller, which, among other things, delves into Mayer’s idea of work-life balance. From the article:

For her, parenthood is not a special category of extracurricular activity. Mayer’s approach to questions of work-life balance is to give everyone -- male, female, married, single, with children or without -- the freedom to leave work for the things that matter most, whether it’s dinner with friends or marathon training or being on time for the soccer game. “I think that burnout happens because of resentment,” she has said. “That notion that, Wow, I worked 100 hours last week, and I couldn’t even have this thing that I really wanted.”

For New York Mag’s author, Mayer “appears to exist as a living, breathing rebuttal to the Atlantic's recent 'Why Women Still Can’t Have It All' cover story.”

But let’s be honest. Marissa Mayer is an exception to a slow-changing rule.

In a New York Times Op-Ed urging the passage of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, author Alissa Quart writes that women still fear pregnancy discrimination.  “For the rich and powerful, pregnancy might not be an obstacle -- it might even help one’s career. But for the rest of us, it remains a hindrance.”


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