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  • Mary Hayes
    Mary Hayes

    Excellent article. Thank you so much for that. I agree with you 100% and hope that Mayer’s decision does not send the wrong message to this generation’s new mothers, mothers-to-be, and companies. I feel so fortunate to have had four months of maternity leave with both of my children—an opportunity that I would have never passed up.

    Women executives—or working women in general—need roles models who are going to not only show them that they can have it all, but that they also deserve certain rights. As mothers and caregivers, it is imperative that we are allowed time to heal and bond with our children, so we can be the strong, stable, and loving role models they need to become the next generation of successful, compassionate, and well-rounded working women and men.

    October 10, 2012 at 10:34 am Reply
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    Aryn Kennedy

    Today is my first day back after 12 weeks of leave and there is no way I could have come back at two weeks. At two weeks, walking was still a challenge. I don’t know how any woman could run a corporation at that point. Even last week I wasn’t ready to return to work! I am so grateful that I was able to take that time with my baby, completely undisturbed by my office. I’m also very fortunate to live in a state that offers 12 weeks of partially paid leave.

    I wish we had a culture that permitted more women to do this, and that supported childbirth in general. There is something wrong with our culture that we expect women to return to work two, four, or even six weeks after having a baby and be fully functioning. We need more women at higher levels of power that push corporations and government to provide more support for the needs of new mothers and their babies, not touting their short leaves.

    October 10, 2012 at 12:32 pm Reply
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      Here is another article on the topic that I thought was warm and wonderful and hit just the right note. Ms. Mayer – we all give you permission to change your mind now that you have that baby in your hands.

      October 10, 2012 at 2:37 pm Reply
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