Dear Ms. Mayer:
Where to even begin? Well, obviously a congratulations is in order. After all, you’re kind of a pretty big deal at Yahoo now. The head honcho. The big cheese. The boss man…or should I say woman?
Yes, boss woman sounds exactly right. It rings true, actually. Exactly true. You can now add CEO of Yahoo to your ever-impressive resume. It’s a position you’re jumping head-first into, with the same gumption and conviction that made you a force to be reckoned with during your tenure with Google.
“I am honored and delighted to lead Yahoo!, one of the Internet’s premier destinations for more than 700 million users,” you said in a statement last week. “I look forward to working with the Company’s dedicated employees to bring innovative products, content, and personalized experiences to users and advertisers all around the world.”
You’re the Mary Tyler Moore for a whole new generation. The way I see it, your appointment as the new CEO of Yahoo signals a victory for women — and girl power! — everywhere. Here you are cracking that glass ceiling and showing young girls that math, computers, engineering, science and business isn’t just for men. You’re showing them that they shouldn’t shoot for anything less than the stars. After all, you’ve had a pretty impressive career thus far: Google’s first woman engineer where you helped design the look-and-feel of the homepage. You also launched more than 100 well-known features and products during your 13-years at Google. You’ve invested money in a handful of start ups.
And as a child? You attended science camp, naturally. How cool is that?
But one thing does trouble me, though: All the controversy surrounding the fact that you’re pregnant. My mom — who’s a pretty liberal lady — even made the comment a few days ago that perhaps you shouldn’t have taken the job since you were pregnant. Now, of course, I have to wonder: Would people be saying the same thing if you were, well, a man who took the job and your wife was pregnant? I don’t think so.
The bottom line: It’s a great day for women. And it’s a great time to be a young woman and know that some of the obstacles our parents and grandparents faced are no longer in our way. Thank you for being such a huge part of that. Thank you for being such a positive, driving influence where it matters most. And thank you for being such an inspiration to women everywhere. Because, really, all it takes at the end of the day is one person — one woman — to start a revolution. And before you know it, just like pebbles thrown into a pond, hundreds of tiny ripples are sent out. Isn’t that an amazing thing?
I look forward to watching you tackle this new position with gusto and determination. xoxo
P.S. More girl crushes…