02/27/2013 10:32 am ET

Do Female CEOs Mean Family-Friendly Workplaces?

By eliminating Yahoo's work-from-home policy this week, Marissa Mayer has set off a debate over whether having women in leadership roles makes workplaces better for the women below them.

For all the debate — over whether female executives help narrow the wage gap or whether they create more family-friendly workplaces — few answers exist, since real information on the issue is strikingly hard to come by. Regardless of what it ends up showing, more public data about parental leave and other work-life policies at companies would be good for American workers.

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