New Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer gives inspiration to us "super moms"
As you”ve probably read by now, 37-year-old Marissa Mayer recently accepted a position to become Yahoo”s! latest CEO. The fact that she”s young, and a woman, would”ve been enough (sadly) to make headlines. But the real news came with Mayer”s subsequent announcement that she”s pregnant with her first child, to be born in October.
As soon as the announcement came out, hundreds of news stories popped up, blog posts sprang forth and the social media channels were abuzz. Not with information about her strategic thinking skills. Not with insight into how she plans to turn around the beleaguered Internet company. But rather with commentary of how in in the world would she be able to balance this incredibly demanding position as a new mother??
I won”t even go to the place of how a man would be treated differently in this scene. (If his wife were pregnant, it would be buried in the end of the story – it would be a non issue as to how the birth of his child would impact his ability to run a successful company). Ok, so maybe I did just go there.
And even though women have made some amazing strides in the business world, we still have a long way to go until men and women are reported on in the news equally based strictly on their business aptitude.
There will be more eyes on Marissa because she”s a mother – people looking to see if she really can have it all. She”ll have to battle not only that external attention, but juggle the life between work and family, which is can be incredibly challenging even in the best of times.
As a mother of two young boys, I feel it every day. I constantly feel the struggle between caring for my biological children, and caring for my other “child,” Kim”s and my baby, this business that is Full Circle PR.
It”s hard. There isn”t a day in the week I don”t feel like I”m neglecting someone or something. A lot of times I feel pulled in more directions than I”d like to count.
As with most working families, it really does take a village to raise a child. I couldn”t do it without my casino online own village. Candidly, I can sit here and tell you I would”ve never been able to take part in this business venture if it hadn”t been for my incredible supportive husband, my family who lives nearby and helps out (a lot!) and a business partner who understands when I leave work early to pick up my kids, or go to a soccer game.
But I also can tell you without a shadow of a doubt that I love, love, love what I do. And I love, love, love my kids. I wouldn”t trade either one. I”m so lucky to live in a day, age and country that allows me that freedom. I get the feeling Marissa loves what she does, too, or she would”ve have taken on such an amazing challenge.
And I hope and pray my kids will be proud of what I”ve accomplished when they”re old enough to notice.
My note to Marissa (not that she asked me but I”ll tell her anyway): when it all comes down after your baby is born, cut yourself some slack. The pressure to please everyone all the time is going to be hard, and adding a new baby into the mix makes it even more conflicting. But you can do it. And thousands of women business owners, employees and parents everywhere are rooting for you to succeed, and succeed happily.
And no matter what happens, you”ve given some inspiration to the super moms (and dads) everywhere who are juggling their life between work and family. You”re showing you can lead a successful company, have a family and do it because you want to. From all of us here at Full Circle PR, God speed.
(Ed. update 7/20/12: I read another post yesterday wondering why people felt the need to dispel advice to someone like Marissa Mayer, when they probably wouldn”t have done so for a man. Point well taken, and one I hadn”t even considered when I wrote this. In all honesty, the fact that the news was covering this as a topic is what inspired my post and to share some of my own personal story in balancing work and family.
But I agree, I shouldn”t have presumed to provide advice to someone I don”t even know. Rather, I”m cheering from afar, like all of her other fans. LJ)