05/29/2013 09:25 pm ET

Women In STEM: It's Time To Take Ownership Of Being Female

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During the backlash surrounding Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's decision to end home working at the company in February, this headline appeared on CNBC: "Telecommuting Uproar? It's Because Mayer's Female".

Whether you were for or against her decision, the plethora of responses which focus on Mayer's gender in this debate (the argument being that criticism she received rested on the decision being "out of character" for a woman) is the latest in a recent spate of high-profile examples of women's gender working against them.