Yahoo CEO, Marissa Mayer doesn’t need maternity leave, all she needs is passion for her job and a can-do attitude. Mayer, one of 18 women heading Fortune 500 companies has announced that she will not be taking leave from work after giving birth to her son in October because she wants to keep in the “rhythm of things”. Of course, being of of few high profile female business leaders has its pressures and it is understandable that she wants to stay in synergy with her workplace, but it raises the question about just how far our ambitions push us.
So, why am I writing about this on a holistic beauty blog? Well, I wonder how this can affect our perceptions of what a woman’s role is in the modern corporate world, and how this will affect our well being.
While Mayer is obviously a very driven, competent woman, it worries me that her decision reveals a shift towards forgoing time for health recuperation in the name of being career focused. A very Pitta move, it concerns me that a high profile business professional like Mayer sets a precedence for working women. Will we begin to the need to skip personal time off in order to appear competitive? And how will women who don’t share her confidence feel with this as a possible new norm?
Because, believe you me, pregnancy, then giving birth, then child rearing is no side hobby. I’ve seen many professional working mothers come into Pure + Simple tired, depleted and badly in need of some R and R. In my opinion, we need to emphasize more work/life balance and that maternity/ paternity leave is a nice break in order to adjust to parenting and set up a family structure to support this.
Saying this, Marissa Mayer is also the same person who said she only needs four to six hours a night of sleep. Mayer says that the feeling her work is important and sacred keeps her “running”. Sounds like she’s prepped for the schedule of a new mom already.