Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer announced on Tuesday that she is expecting twin girls at the end of the year.
Mayer received intense scrutiny during her first pregnancy in 2012 for returning to work just two weeks after giving birth. Her maternity leave likely won't last much longer this time around.
"Since my pregnancy has been healthy and uncomplicated and since this is a unique time in Yahoo’s transformation, I plan to approach the pregnancy and delivery as I did with my son three years ago, taking limited time away and working throughout," Mayer wrote in her blog on Tumblr. "I’ve shared the news and my plans with Yahoo’s Board of Directors and my executive team, and they are incredibly supportive and happy for me. I want to thank them for all of their encouragement as well as their offers of help and continued support."
"Mayer's insistence that she will get back to work so quickly sets a bad precedent for Yahoo's lower-level employees, mothers and fathers, who do not have the job flexibility and cannot afford the extensive social support and backup systems that Mayer and her husband will be able to construct," wrote CNN blogger Stephanie Coontz.
But not all of Yahoo's policies have been so ill-received. In 2013, the company doubled the amount of its maternity and paternity leave.
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