Obama Is TIME’s Person Of The Year, But We Were Rooting For Marissa Mayer
5:30 pm, December 19th | by Meredith Lepore
It has been an amazing year for Marissa Mayer and TIME Magazine knew it. In one week alone she made history, created controversy and challenged cultural norms. If that doesn’t make her qualified to be ‘TIME’s Person of the Year’, I don’t know what does. President Obama took home the title (for the second time, but it sort of feels like the fifth) but we were hoping it would be the fabulous Marissa Mayer. Sure, Obama had a pretty big year but so did she.
It was just in July that Marissa was named the new CEO of Yahoo, making her Silicon Valley’s most powerful woman.
That was on Monday. On Tuesday she announced that she was pregnant with her first child, and society went crazy. A pregnant CEO? What the what? How will she turn this company around now? But then when Marissa announced she would be taking the world’s shortest maternity leave she was heavily criticized for being a bad role model. She was considered a hero, a female role model, an anti-female role model and a potentially insane person, all within the span of about a week.
And though it seemed like a lot of people were routing for her to fail, so far, both roles have been going quite well. In her first interview since taking the job, Marissa told Fortune, “the job has been way more fun than she thought and [having] the baby has been “way more easy than everyone made it out to be.” But should we really be surprised? After all, this is a woman who doesn’t believe in burnout and says there are 130 productive hours in a work week if you shower strategically.