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Yahoo’s CEO, Marissa Mayer Feels That The Media Is Gender-Biased

Shortly after Yahoo’s acquisition went public, Marissa Mayer, Yahoo’s chief executive officer, has faced criticisms over her tenure, in what she considers to be a “gender-charged” reporting.

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According to her interview with the Financial Times.:

“I’ve tried to be gender-blind and believe tech is a gender-neutral zone but do think there has been gender-charged reporting,” she said. “We all see the things that only plague women leaders, like articles that focus on their appearance, like Hillary Clinton sporting a new pantsuit. I think all women are aware of that, but I had hoped in 2015 and 2016 that I would see fewer articles like that. It’s a shame.”

In case you are wondering what articles she was talking about, Fortune cited 3 articles.

 Fortune‘s Dan Primack wrote that Mayer’s big mistake was that she “mainly focused on mobilizing existing product and continuing the media focus via things like digital magazine launches,” but that ultimately Yahoo’s demise was “a 3-alarm fire that Mayer failed to put out, rather than one she started.”

The Street‘s Jim Kramer blamed Mayers’ leadership style, saying that in his opinion, “she was not inspirational to people.”

Bloomberg‘s Brad Stone made the case that Yahoo was a sinking ship from the get-go and that its founders were largely to blame. By the time Mayer took on the top job, the “mistakes of the past loomed too large. Perhaps there was a short window of opportunity for Mayer to bet the company on a bold acquisition or a new product, but it closed fast.”

Source: Fortune

This is someone who was also criticized for taking less than a month leave and working in her hospital bed after having her twin babies.

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I am not trying to be a feminist here, but the question is this, would a man in a similar situation be judged as harsly?? Before you say yes, I’d like you to think about 2 male CEOs, Twitter’s ex-CEO Dick Costolo (Who didn’t take a reputation hit after leaving the social media company behind), the new CEO Jark Dorsey (Who still hasn’t found a way to rescue the company, but isn’t personally criticized).

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    9 comments on “Yahoo’s CEO, Marissa Mayer Feels That The Media Is Gender-Biased

    1. Titi says:

      I’m so tired of being told that, as a woman, I shud support other women simply because they also have a vagina. if you suck at your job, you suck at your job. Now I get your point Misstechy about how other male CEOs weren’t bashed, but to be very honest, Marissa did a shitty job at Yahoo, was she expecting praises???? Puhlease!

    2. Paul Abiola says:

      I honestly think Mayer is not to blame – Yahoo’s core business wasn’t sustainable. The founders of Yahoo made the wrong investments with their Previous CEOs, now Mayer has to make super-painful decisions. In my opinion, you can’t build something that already has a broken foundation.

    3. Luke says:

      Was she expecting praises? She is not being treated bad. Anyway, what does this mean to our email addresses.

      I comment from UpGhetto

      1. Dk says:

        You would be able to keep them. They are not wiping the business off, only changing ownership

    4. zita says:

      The truth is that when a woman is doing well in a field that is mainly male dominated, she is praised exceptionally and same goes when she fails or not doing well

    5. ỌBÁDÁRÀ says:

      … WELL, AS FAR AS AM CONCERNED, IF YOUR COMPANY DIDN’T DO WELL UNDER YOU, YOU SHOULD TAKE THE BLAME BECAUSE, IF THAT SAME COMPANY DOES WELL, YOU WILL TAKE THE PRAISE…

    6. Victor Molokwu says:

      Well lately main stream media has been against women ceos/leaders…
      Like the articles against Angela Merkel, the new British PM…
      Seems like they are trying the paint this picture of a “women not having enough balls( not literally).
      I think this has a lot to do with Hillary Clinton’s ambition, the GOP media wing is working wonders here for Trump.

      1. benjibabs says:

        When someone is crooked, the person is crooked. Hillary is crooked and the media did not bend her in anyway. Woe betides USA should crooked Hillary win the election!

        As per Marissa, she is a CEO that did not perform, simple, It does not matter whether she is male or female.

    7. Harrie says:

      Ummm see when you’re at the top of the league, not everyone will be happy, aaaaand putting work an family on the line, it takes a lot and it’s sad cuz only a few can see that. Aaaaand some are just letting their egos get in the way of good epic thinking.
      #JustSaying
      Cherrii

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