WASHINGTON,D.C. (WUSA) - Yahoo's CEO took just two weeks of maternity leave and recently said caring for her newborn was easy. Andrea McCarren reports that her comments have drawn a surprisingly strong reaction.
Marisa Mayer, the CEO of Yahoo, took the helm of the Internet company when she was six months pregnant. As if that wasn't controversial enough, she took just two weeks of maternity leave and recently created a stir when she said caring for her newborn was "easy."
Andrea posted a Facebook item about Mayer's choice, and can't remember getting more Facebook posts on a story than this one.
A lot of you felt the way Maria does. She wrote:
"It helps when you have millions and probably an entourage of childcare or nannies."
But a lot of you agreed with Lorenza, who said "I thought the whole point of the feminist movement was to give women a CHOICE! She made hers!"
And Hilary added, "...women need to stop attacking other women so readily.
We also visited a local playground to hear from more of you.
"I think she only needs to be a role model to her kids." That's the take of Inga Robins-Burton, mother of 4 year-old Aiden.
" As you go up in the socio-economic ladder, you have a tendency to get further from family, from the traditional things, the maternal," Inga continued.
Larissa Gray said, " It's a lot of long nights, sleepless nights and everyone's involved."
Larissa is originally from Canada, where new mothers are granted a full year of maternity leave. Her son Liam is just three months old. "They sleep a lot, but not always when you want them to," she said.
"It's probably easy if you have someone helping. A night nurse or something like that." said Larissa.
None of the mothers at this Northwest Washington park begrudge the decisions of Yahoo's CEO, including Emily Jackson, mother of 2- year-old Ruby, and pregnant with her second child.
"My reaction is each to her own and more power to her. I certainly didn't consider taking care of a newborn easy. I think it's great if she feels that way," said Emily, who left her career as a social worker and has no regrets.
" I'm a stay at home mom, full-time and it definitely feels like it's full-time, 24/7, a lot of work, but I love it and as far as I'm concerned, it's the best job in the world. So, I'm quite happy with it," she said.
Staying at home, many mothers say, is a privilege. One that's not possible for everyone.
On Facebook, Janet wrote: "Because I needed to work and had no benefits, I returned to work less than a week after my fourth child was born.
And single mom Laurie said: "I returned to work after 9 days! I have a fantastic bond with my daughter... my body was ready."
Again, a lot of discussion on social media about this.
Julie wondered: "Did she feel pressured to return to work as a woman CEO?"
And Lindsay added, "There is no RIGHT WAY to be a Mom. As long as you provide your child with love and you try the best way you know how, you're doing a good job. I wish women would stop this."