When Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer was appointed to the top spot at a flailing media company while pregnant, she became a hero of sort. Women nation-wide were eager to see her doing her woman in charge thing while pregnant. But when Fortune magazine approached Mayer to be featured on its site while pregnant, she declined. Mayer faced recent criticism when she appeared on the cover of Forbes magazine this month with her non-pregnant svelte self. Several had alleged that perhaps Mayer felt her pregnant image was not powerful and would not relay an authoritative person.
Several bloggers and sites have been lambasting her and saying she has sold out working moms. Apparently they felt her pregnant image on the cover of a magazine would have been empowering for pregnant women and the public in general. Seeing a woman be in such a high-powered position while pregnant would de-stigmatize pregnancy as being a state of powerlessness. A pregnant CEO on the cover of Forbes magazine could help out thousands of women, hopefully and arguably.
“As an expectant mom and CEO of a $5 billion public company, did she simply not have time for a new photo shoot?,” a CafeStir post asked. “Or did Fortune’s editors purposely not request a current photo of Mayer, believing that her svelte figure would portray power in a way that her baby bump would not?”
Perhaps she felt that growing her future child was a private thing and didn’t want that on display for millions of consuming people to see.
It was the subject of a Today show segment this week: