by MELINDA HENNENBERGER, Washington Post
Marissa Mayer in 2008. Yahoo! announced July 16, 2012 it had named her chief executive, making her among the most prominent women in technology and corporate America. (OLIVER LANG - AFP/GETTY IMAGES) Of course, Yahoo knew Mayer was pregnant when they hired her. “They showed their evolved thinking,’’ she told Fortune magazine. Which makes me want to call for the opposite of a boycott.
The decision to hire Mayer — Google’s first female engineer, who reportedly had been running about a quarter of the company — sends a great message to women (and about Yahoo, which could use some good PR.) It may even have a trickle-down effect, at a minimum inside Mayer’s new shop. [MORE]