I got a reality check from a friend on Facebook yesterday.
I had just finished a story on NBCNews.com yesterday about Yahoo’s CEO Marissa Mayer and how she plans to balance her new gig and the new born she’s expecting in October, and after posting a link on my Facebook page a friend Kathryn wrote:
“Wow. I’m just really shocked that no one even mentioned the father. We don’t even blink when men return to work after having a child.”
She is so right. I wrote the story looking at her decision to take only a few weeks off after the baby comes, and her plan to answer emails from work right after giving birth. Many women, and men, got on her case saying she doesn’t know what she’s in for.
But Kathryn made a good point. When’s the last time a male CEO announced he was going to be a father soon; and who could care for that matter?
It turns out, male senior executives are more likely to have kids than their female counterparts.
Clearly, women have to recover from giving birth but most women are able to do that and function pretty well just weeks after they give birth. So, the big issue beyond this is who’ll care for the little bundle of joy.
Mayer won’t have to worry about paying a fleet of nannies and nurses if she needs them. And what about the dad to be?
On late Monday, Mayer tweeted this:
“Another piece of good news today - @zackbogue and I are expecting a new baby boy!”
Zack Bogue is her husband and she’s saying Zack is also expecting a new baby.
They both are. They both will have to share the responsibility.
Until we finally accept this, we women are screwed when it comes to advancing in the work world.
That said, I’m so excited about the idea of a very pregnant CEO in a boardroom and her taking questions at analyst meetings.
Here’s to someday seeing a pregnant president of the United States.