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Marissa Mayer’s maternity leave announcement stirs up controversy

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Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer announced this week that she is pregnant with twin girls and added that she planned to take only two weeks off and would be “working throughout” when the girls are born. While Mayer herself has expanded maternity benefits at the tech company — allowing for maternity leave up to 16 weeks — family leave advocates feel she is setting a bad example by taking minimal leave. Her decision, they contend, is “hugely symbolic” for employees. Anne Weisberg, senior vice-president of the Families and Work Institute in New York, called Mayer’s decision disappointing. “She must know it’s not just a personal choice … now people will read from this that if you want to be a leader you cannot do what your company even allows you to do, you’ve got to be there all the time and it’s work above everything else,” Weisberg said. Kristen Rowe-Finkbeiner, executive director of advocacy group MomsRising, thinks she shouldn’t even be discussing her decision since male CEO’s aren’t expected to do so either when they become fathers.

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