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  • Marissa Mayer & the Gender Gap That Wasn’t

    A woman won’t become the CEO of anything if she is overly focused on the so-called “gender gap” in her field. Marissa Mayer is the perfect example.

    Mayer, 37 and pregnant, was just named CEO of Yahoo! after spending 13 years at Google. She reportedly doesn’t prefer to focus on gender inequities in the tech world.

    Mayer told Slate’s Hanna Rosin, “I am much less worried about adjusting the percentage [of women in the field] than about growing the overall pie.… We are not producing enough men or women who know how to program.”

    Facebook also has a female COO, Sheryl Sandberg, and the latest Fortune 500 lists more female CEOs than ever before. They didn’t get there with a preconceived notion of victimhood leading the way.

    Sandberg is quoted as saying, “If I spend one hour talking about how I’m excluded, that’s an hour I am not spending solving Facebook’s problems.”

    That’s the kind of attitude Mayer and other powerful women also carry, setting positive examples for young women following in their footsteps in the tech industry.

    However, liberal feminists and the Obama Administration haven’t caught on to the “secret” of many successful women: good choices, hard work, and no excuses.

    In reality, the gender gap claim is truly unsubstantiated. As Carrie Lukas wrote in the Wall Street Journal:

    The Department of Labor’s Time Use survey shows that full-time working women spend an average of 8.01 hours per day on the job, compared to 8.75 hours for full-time working men. One would expect that someone who works 9% more would also earn more. This one fact alone accounts for more than a third of the wage gap.

    As some complain about gender inequity in high-power job environments, it’s actually men who are suffering the most in America’s unending state of high unemployment. Men have lost twice as many jobs as women in the current economic crisis—but nobody’s talking about that.

    In fact, the Obama Administration is basically ignoring men to focus on women. That was proved when the National Economic Council report “Jobs and Economic Security for America’s Women” promised that the President “is committed to continuing the push for an economy that provides economic security and jobs for America’s women.”

    So while the Administration and feminist groups lodge complaints about inequality, they’re actually doing an injustice to men.

    To liberals’ dismay, there’s a reason that more CEOs, scientists, and Presidents are men. As National Review’s Kate O’Beirne put it, “Women make very different [career] decisions than men do. This is frequently prompted by their desire to balance very demanding careers…with their desire to also have families.”

    More women in high-powered fields is something to celebrate, but it’s not a better career choice than, say, being a stay-at-home mom. It’s just that—a choice.

    Heritage’s Jennifer Marshall writes:

    Too often feminists tend to categorize women as a class. Demanding conformity to the feminist norm, they fail to respect a woman’s intellectual freedom to think for herself—the ostensible goal they fought to achieve.

    The end goal for any career field should not be gender equality across the board but to acquire the best and brightest—without government intervention or pressure from liberal groups with an equality agenda.

    As Mayer said to CNN this week, “You can be good at technology and like fashion and art. You can be good at technology and be a jock. You can be good at technology and be a mom. You can do it your way, on your terms.”

    And, really, may the best man or woman earn the top seat.

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    11 Responses to Marissa Mayer & the Gender Gap That Wasn’t

    1. rick says:

      I bet the man that use too do your job got paid more than you.

      • Ericka Andersen ErickaHeritage says:

        Guess I'll never know since it's impolite to ask :) But studies show that men and women in similar circumstances — being say 30, single without children and in communications at a think tank probably make the same. There are so many factors to the "wage gap" that it can't be looked at as a blanket men v. women argument.

    2. MikeWoods says:

      That is a refreshingly constructive stance to take on the issue of gender gap inequality, especially for a woman.

    3. Laura says:

      The mere fact that Yahoo's choice of a female CEO made for days of national headlines (and the fact that the articles discuss little other than her gender and pregnancy) is the most obvious sign that gender inequality is alive and well in the workplace. There's also the other two-thirds of the wage gap the author didn't bother to address, and the flawed notion of true choice when it comes to raising families. If a woman's husband makes an average of 25% more than she does, there's not much choice in who's going to keep working and who's going to stay home with the kids. That gap only widens the longer she's out of the workplace.

    4. Bobbie says:

      very well written article. Marissa and the like minded women represent the inspirational, independent American woman!!!! The government is interfering in our inalienable right to choose from business to work while government injustice crosses the line intruding inalienable abilities by government forced mandates.

      It's very offensive and insulting to have Obama/s government go out of their needless unconstitutional way to mandate quotas by insult to human originalities, sexual preference, disability and gender in front of or without any regard to the business challenges and the efforts individually ensue that is substantiated by the choice of business without discriminating personal appearance or livelihoods and without preferential government treatment.

      We're all people with various challenges that our individual lives has us face which makes our choices efficient and with personal reason. When government involves itself to limit our minds thinking to make our choices for us and protect OR offend us from what the government (whose mind is not our own) has the audacity to deem personally offensive, (spending time and money to do it!) the whole country is in danger…

      Hey look, th whole country's in danger! huh!…

      May the women of America accept the potential they possess that comes from within and comes without government: resources, paid influences and or dependency.

    5. Bobbie says:

      and it does seem suspicious and concerning that the unconstitutionalities of the American government IS focusing SOOOO much on women to the point of subliminal manipulation. No regard to the role of the man when it comes to contraception or HIS role as provider OR father OR husband. Conversion of known sorts!!!!!

    6. workingmom says:

      Thanks for the blog. I do want to point out that I am not sure if Ms. Mayer's example is "a positive example" for all women, for example, her decision to take only a two-week maternity "leave." (Pls see: http://www.scoop.it/t/interestingbits/p/219397529…. The "having it all" debate in the post-feminist era is back with Anne-Marie Slaughter's recent article in the Atlantic. Somewhere in this conversation, we forget to ask ourselves what does it mean for women in the 21st Cenutry to "have it all" and at what cost? And why don't we call fulltime stay-at-home moms positive examples? Why don't we celebrate all their accomplishments? In some ways, I am saddened by the values we seem to cherish and champion our culture.

      • Bobbie says:

        What it means for women in the 21st century is the realization that America is losing what women started in the 20th century taken over by unconstitutional authority!l Having it all is not depending on government resources for anything regarding personal livelihood and it's independence. That's an American value with respect. Accomplishments are relative but influential and celebrated at your convenience. What values do you cherish that you are saddened by?

    7. Tatiana says:

      First, she is only pregnant. She hasn`t had a baby yet. Making all those statements for her is prematurely. Mrs. Mayer might be surprised to learn after the delivery that 1) she has stitches and needs to rest; 2) the baby is fed every 1.5 – 2 hours and there is very little you can do in between on only 4 hours of sleep; 3) she might even fall in love with her baby and feel it is cruel to leave a child in the care of others when he screams every time anybody but Mommy holds him; 4) demands to review this proposal one more time when you has just spent an hour trying to calm you baby and take a bathroom break might seem cruel and inconsiderate. Though, she might hire three nannies and not be bothered with the child – who knows.
      Second, the author says that men on average work longer hours than women, though only marginally so, according to her numbers. Did anybody compared productivity? When you need to pick up your child from day care by 6 pm, you might skip that break and have your work done faster. Spending more time at the office doesn`t equal having more work done! Third, as Laura rightly pointed, the author didn`t address other two thirds of gander gap. Fourth, Andersen writes about the choice of having a family like picking a hobby. This is not a quirky behavior – this is how human race procreates and how new workers, consumers and taxpayers are created! And yes, there are plenty of articles and books, which explore the problem of "Men-session".

      • Bobbie says:

        we don't need a step by step lay out! The point is it's figured out by ones own intellect irrelevant to government dependency!!!

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