Sports Dude Sorry for Suggesting Ladies Plan C-Sections Around Sports

Former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason has apologized for comments he made on his radio show while discussing the very short paternity leave taken by Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy. (Esiason claimed that if he were in the baseball player's shoes, "I would have said 'C-section before the season starts, I need to be… » 4/04/14 11:20am 4/04/14 11:20am

The US Is Still the Only Industrialized Nation Without Maternity Leave

Bald eagles? Meh. Apple pie? You can get that at McDonalds in Europe. Jingoism? Ever seen the Olympics? Everyone's into that. If you're looking for the most quintessentially American trait, look no further than the way this country expects new mothers to pull themselves up by the umbilical cords. » 1/15/14 11:50am 1/15/14 11:50am

Six Things Marissa Mayer Should Have Done During the Maternity Leave…

We get it, Internet: Marissa Mayer is doing it wrong. As the CEO of Yahoo and only one of a handful of women to whom men have been willing to hand over the keys to the empire (albeit a crumbling one) she's an important woman and it's obvious she doesn't get what that means to all the rest of us, or else she would do… » 10/04/12 5:45pm 10/04/12 5:45pm

Fortune Finds 50 Women Who Haven't Been Mommy-Tracked or Forced Out of…

Fortune released its annual list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business today, and, as one might predict, the list features an impressive group of ladies who could probably buy your entire family with their end-of-year bonuses. And while the professional achievements of women from Oprah to Marissa Mayer are… » 9/20/12 5:20pm 9/20/12 5:20pm

What Happens When Getting Pregnant Gets You Shitcanned?

America, the land of the free and the home of the Super Size bucket o' fries, is supposed to be a place of opportunity, where everyone has a fair shot at one day growing up to be the Monopoly Man. But, as many women are finding out, the way we treat working women who dare choose to get pregnant is anything but… » 9/10/12 7:00pm 9/10/12 7:00pm

Germany's Family Minister Doesn't Think Marissa Mayer Is Taking Enough…

When Yahoo! invited the perilously pregnant Marissa Mayer to captain its rudderless, waterlogged ship (hooray for nautical metaphors!), everybody collectively scrunched their brows and wondered why Mayer would want to give up a sweet Google gig to get in a time machine and go run 1999's search engine. Actually, what… » 8/02/12 11:25am 8/02/12 11:25am

Who Has It Easier, a Pregnant CEO or a Pregnant Maid?

When newly-coronated Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer announced that she and her husband were expecting their first baby in October, people who are not Marissa Mayer or Marissa Mayer's doctor immediately began speculating that having a baby would be a detriment to her ability to do her job. Some even went so far as to suggest… » 7/19/12 11:10am 7/19/12 11:10am

New Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Announces She's Pregnant. Cue the Shitty,…

Last night, news broke that Yahoo's new CEO — former Google fixture Marissa Mayer — is six months pregnant. Her new employer was fully aware of the pregnancy when they brought her on, and did it anyway. They didn't care. Zero fucks given. Congratulations and "atta girl"'s echoed through the Twitter echo chamber. But… » 7/17/12 3:50pm 7/17/12 3:50pm

'Pro Family' Conservative States Aren't Doing Squat to Make Life Easier…

Conservative Americans demand their politicians spout sepia pleasantries about how America needs to experience a resurrection of "traditional family values." But when it comes down to setting policy, the US's most conservative states are actually the most hostile to the families to whom they so adamantly pay lip… » 5/14/12 1:40pm 5/14/12 1:40pm

Remarkably Smart Australian Company Gives New Mom a Maternity Bonus

Forget about paid maternity leave — at the Insurance Australia Group, one of the country's biggest companies after Outback Steakhouse, the Steve Irwin Estate, and Paul Hogan, new mothers receive double their original paycheck during their first six weeks back on the job. Double. As in, twice as much as before, a sharp… » 4/17/12 10:15am 4/17/12 10:15am

Megyn Kelly Bravely Stands Up For Megyn Kelly's Rights

Fox News anchor and professional mom Megyn Kelly has made a name for herself not only for demonstrating how alternate spellings of common first names are terrible, but also for breaking step with her conservative pundit colleagues to defend paid maternity leave and upper mobility for people born into the middle… » 12/12/11 12:55pm 12/12/11 12:55pm

The Recession's Latest Victim: Paid Maternity Leave

As the economy continues to run frantically around the house looking for its wallet, keys, and cell phone even though it's already half an hour late, employers are trying to cut corners in order to stay afloat. One of the easiest corners to cut, it turns out, has been in providing maternity benefits to female… » 11/11/11 11:30am 11/11/11 11:30am