The Wall Street Journal saw a different challenge: “Is Yahoo’s New Female CEO Headed for the ‘Glass Cliff’?” a blog asked, noting that, “when women get appointed to leadership positions in the corporate world, a disproportionate amount of time they’re facing a dire situation.”
But a joke on Twitter was more optimistic: “Finally Yahoo has a CEO who will deliver,” @arunverma tweeted.
At least one working mother thinks Mayer will be a better chief executive because she is a mom.
“I think successful women with children are successful in their careers because they have children,” said Julie Rogowski, vice president and general manager of the Boston Design Center, and the mother of five children, ages 13 to 21. “They only fight the battles that need to be fought — they’re saving their energy. And sometimes the best way to deal with [people at work] is how you deal with your children.”
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