Marissa Mayer New CEO of Yahoo

Will Marissa Mayer inspire young women to study technology?

Would you hire a pregnant woman to lead a critical project? If the woman was Marissa Mayer and you could afford to pay top dollar, I’ll bet you would.

A quick peak at Mayer’s resume:

  • 20th employee at Google
  • Google’s first female engineer
  • Famously  designed the UI of Google’s home page
  • Responsible for overseeing the launch of some of Google’s most iconic products, including Gmail, Google Maps and iGoogle.

Enough said. No wonder Yahoo has named Marissa Mayer their new CEO. Which makes her one of the youngest CEOs of a fortune 500 company. Did I mention that she’s about to have a baby?

Mayer is changing the sterotype of how an engineer should act and look

Will Mayer’s accomplishments begin to change the way society thinks about hiring young women?

  • Mayer danced in the Nutcracker at Stanford and become one of the top engineers in her graduating class
  • She is young woman that is the CEO of a major technology company
  • She plans to only take a few weeks off during her pregnancy

Hopefully students, teachers, guidance councillors and employers will look at Marissa Mayer and see that you can be a jock, or a dancer, or a fashionista and still be a coder or an engineer.

Our schools are not producing enough programmers and software engineers. My dream is that Mayer will inspire students to enter into computer science careers.

Passion is what really matters. Not gender.

“I’m not a woman at Google, I’m a geek at Google,” she told CNN in April. “If you can find something that you’re really passionate about, whether you’re a man or a woman comes a lot less into play. Passion is a gender-neutralizing force.”

I think Marissa Mayer is bridging the gap between women and technology.

What do you think?

  • Will more female executives be able to become pregnant?
  • Will more kids be inspired to become programmers?
  • Will Marrissa Mayer save Yahoo and enable it to become the significant brand it once was?

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