Everyone is pissed off about Yahoo's new ban on working from home. Or at least, that's what the media coverage seems to suggest. But none of these news articles have asked a basic question: What does the research show?
Digital companies have changed the world and its culture. We hope that in order to attract and retain female talent and promote them through the pipeline, these same companies will suport policies and benefits that support working families.
Working from home is certainly not for everyone, but if you've proven your worth by being a productive, enthusiastic, and dedicated employee, your boss might give you a chance to prove Marissa Mayer wrong.
If Marissa were a man who wanted to be a deeply involved father to his newborn and built a nursery next to his office, wouldn't people -- especially women -- be swooning over his commitment to fatherhood?
It's just that we don't have a lot of other pregnant Fortune 500 superstars to look to, so we held you up as a role model and now we worry that you're modeling the wrong thing. When there are dozens more of you we will probably stop paying attention.
For most parents, but particularly for women, reaching the top of any profession while raising a family is difficult. Mayer got her Yahoo job on the strength of her Google career, most of which took place before she was married. She became CEO of Yahoo before her first child was born.
I've been a fan of Yahoo since the beginning of time (or at least since Web history began). I've always thought of it as being a media company. Today, Yahoo is being led by the first CEO with real media chops in a very long time.