Poll: Do We Support Working Mothers Enough?
New Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's maternity leave plans have left some wondering whether women can have it all, or should even try.
New Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer plans to take just a few weeks off after having her baby and to work through her leave, according to Fortune Magazine.
Mayer's announcement and the fact that she is the first person to become chief executive of a Fortune 500 company while pregnant has generated a lot of discussion about pregnancy options for working women, noted the New York Times.
Mayer's compensation package is estimated to be worth about $60 million, USA Today reported. Mayer will have all the help she feels she needs in terms of childcare, options most working mothers do not have.
Most women who take leave use a combination of short-term disability, sick time and vacation to maintain some income after giving birth. Although, few would consider taking care of a newborn a vacation.
Many other countries offer far more time off, often paid. According to workingmother.com, the U.S. is one of a few countries that does not mandate paid leave for new mothers. Some of the other countries on the list are Swaziland and Papua New Guinea.
Earlier this month, Anne-Marie Slaughter wrote an article in the Atlantic "Why Women Still Can't Have It All."