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Yahoo’s new CEO is pregnant, and that’s ok


Google executive Marissa Mayer has become the new CEO of Yahoo. The struggling internet giant has announced that Mayer - until recently the vice president in charge of Google’s local and location services overseeing Google Maps and Google Earth - will take the reins from interim CEO Ross Levinsohn today.

ABOVE: Yahoo's new CEO Marissa Mayer

While Mayer’s appointment is certainly interesting – another broken pane in the glass ceiling is always worth celebrating – what makes the news really exciting, however, is the fact that Mayer is also pregnant. In an exclusive interview with Fortune, Mayer revealed yesterday that she was pregnant with her first child, a boy, which is due on October 7.

Headhunted by Yahoo recruiters, Mayer told the CEO-search board that she was expecting during an initial meeting in mid-June. She met the full Yahoo board of directors later in the month and we’re pleased to hear that none of the directors expressed concern about hiring a pregnant chief exec, going on to formally offer her the CEO post on June 12.

ABOVE: Ultra-competent Mayer says her maternity leave will be a "few weeks long and I'll work through it" as she "likes to stay in the rhythm of things"

Mayer puts her appointment down to “evolved thinking”, but we have to wonder whether the technology industry as a whole, particularly digital, is actually a place full of evolved thinkers, where women are judged on their merits and are able to progress unhindered by their gender?

After all, Sheryl Sandberg was recently appointed to Facebook’s board of directors, and then there are the likes of Susan Wojcicki, Google’s Senior Vice President of Ads, and Katie Jacobs Stanton, Twitter’s Vice President of International Strategy, continuing to lead the charge in the digital world.

ABOVE: Facebook COO recently joined the social network's all-male board of directors

While there have been many reports recently about the dramatic decline in girls studying maths and science beyond school age, do you think that the success of Mayer, Sandberg et al in this arena is proof that the tech industry is a place where women, mothers and all, are welcomed and appreciated? Or, are these women so celebrated simply because they are so rare?

Do you work in the technology or digital industries? What do you think about the way women are regarded in your industry? Are companies filled with progressive thinkers, or are women struggling more than ever? We'd really like to hear your thoughts - tell us what you think in the comments section below or on Twitter @StylistMagazine

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