The Marissa Mayer Case: Why are women such Yahoos to one another?

Poor Marissa Mayer.  As the new CEO of Yahoo, it’s a tough gig being touted as the second coming to womankind.

 

At first, we all cheered her on. “Yay! You’re pregnant and a Fortune 50 company hired you anyway!”

 

Working women and stay-at-home moms all nodded knowingly.  After all, we’ve been juggling the family/career choice thing for years. “Finally!” “What a great way to shed light on this the conversation!”

 

Then?  A stunning picture of Ms Mayer appears on a recent cover of Fortune. She’s been named one of the most powerful women in America. Except, in this particular picture, she’s not pregnant.

 

Suddenly, the role model status burst. You could almost hear the collective ‘pop’ by all of her former cheerleaders gasping at her apparent insistence she not be photographed while pregnant. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/monica-gallagher-sakala/marrisa-mayer-fortune_b_1939312.html

 

Combine that with her recent decision to crowdsource her newborn baby boy’s name – and now every move she makes becomes magnified and vilified. http://healthland.time.com/2012/10/03/psst-hey-marissa-mayer-why-crowdsourcing-baby-names-is-a-bad-idea/

 

The worst part? She hasn’t even had a chance to prove herself in the role that vaulted her to the top of her game. My fear is we are setting her up for failure without even giving her the chance to succeed.

 

Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright once said: “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.” Based on that philosophy, we should all hold hands and jump into the inferno.

 

The people who are ragging on Marissa Mayer are mainly other women.  http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/opinion-la/la-ol-marissa-mayer-end-pregnancy-discrimination-20121008,0,4627096.story As a member of this particular demographic, I see this time and time again. To be sure, we are quick to rise up against corporate and political injustice; but we seem to be at our best when it comes to bringing down members of our own sisterhood.

 

Many have weighed in on the subject. The reasons why are numerous: women haven’t grown up with mentors, women compete against each other, women are inherently catty. The list goes on.

 

Enough with the excuses. It’s time to knock it off. Let’s not be our own worst enemies. We’ll always be on the outside looking in if we don’t start supporting each other.

 

If we’re going to talk about Marissa Mayer, let’s do it for the reason she was vaulted into the spotlight in the first place: as CEO of Yahoo. 

 

Shouldn’t that be enough? 

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