Yahoo CEO Defends Short Maternity Leave After Getting Shamed Online
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is speaking out after critics called her out for taking a too-short maternity leave.
Mayer gave birth to twin girls in December and went back to work a month later.
In 2012, she returned to work within two weeks of her son’s birth, with both decisions sparking outrage that she wasn’t doing enough to “highlight the importance of parental leave.”
.@anitakgran I understand I'm the exception, and need to be, for all the reasons cited. I find other ways/times to bond with my kids.
— marissamayer (@marissamayer) May 6, 2016
@marissamayer I feel very sorry for your child. Clearly not your first priority. Sad.
— Jo Ann Singer (@jdpooch) May 6, 2016
But are critics too quick to judge?
The Outnumbered panel weighed in this afternoon, noting that Mayer has previously faced criticism for having hired help and for building a nursery in her office.
“She can’t win,” commented Harris Faulkner.
Dagen McDowell said she believes “being a woman in the 21st century means you don’t judge other women’s decisions.”
“People have the right to use it or not use it,” said Fox News contributor Tony Sayegh Jr.
“She clearly understands her circumstances better than we do, so I really don’t support this idea of parental shaming.”
Watch more of the discussion, above.