How Marissa Mayer's Maternity Decision Affects Young Women — Whether She Likes It Or Not

For the past 24 hours, one topic has all but taken over my emails, coffee meetings, Twitter direct messages and even my voicemails: Marissa Mayer.

The Yahoo CEO announced yesterday that she plans to take just 14 days of maternity leave in December after the birth of her identical twin girls. As the founding writer of The Broadsheet, Fortune’s daily newsletter on women in business, everyone was asking me for my take on the news. “Can you believe the example she is setting?” “What woman would ever work at Yahoo after this?” and (my personal favorite)  “Is Marissa even human?” are just a few of the many questions that have been sent my way through various channels.

As a 25-year-old who still has the freedom of making decisions sans

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