Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Has It All. Can You?
Yahoo wants to have it all. The company's board has tasked new CEO Marissa Mayer with the mandate to compete with her former company, the cash register that is known as Google, as well as to take on her former Google colleague Sheryl Sandberg's new company, Facebook.
Mayer certainly has her work cut out for her, in more ways than one.
What's the Big Idea?
Mayer is Yahoo's third CEO in twelve months and her every move will be scrutinized by Wall Street. Oh yeah, and she has a baby on the way. While Mayer's situation is a rare for the head of a large public corporation, the balance she will need to maintain between her public and private responsibilities is nothing new to women. In fact, the timing of Yahoo's announcement came on the heels of Anne-Marie Slaughter's controversial Atlantic article that argued women cannot "have it all."
As Google's first female programmer, Mayer has played the role of trailblazer.
In recent months, Big Think has interviewed women in a variety of fields who have grappled with this issue, and the different choices they have made are illuminating.
In her Big Think interview, Gallagher discussed her decision as well as the bioethics and social implications involved in delaying parenthood. "Three or four or five years ago, this really wouldn’t have been as viable an option for people in my situation, but now it is," says Gallagher.
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What's the Significance?
According to Gallagher, the ability to hold off the biological clock has "long-term implications for the workplace." In her experience, Gallagher says she sees a lot of women "leave the workplace for a few years, women on very high-track careers, to have children." And at what cost?
Gallagher edits Fortune's 40 Under 40 list and says "we consistently have a problem finding women in their 30s who match the achievement of the men on the list, and it’s a constant struggle for us." Gallagher says the childcare burden "unevens the playing field for men and women." While delaying pregnancy may not solve that problem for everyone, Gallagher says it is a good option for people under certain circumstances who "either haven’t met someone yet and want to have children with a partner." On the other hand, it's also an option for people "who just aren’t ready just yet but want to keep their options open."
Balancing the demands of parenting and careers is not unique to women in business. It is arguably a greater issue in science, as tenure track positions become available to women during peak years of fertility. Columbia University Neuroscientist Dr. Joy Hirsch explains the enormous challenges faced by women in science, and how she dealt with these challenges.
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