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Marissa Mayer

After accepting the position as Yahoo CEO, Marissa Mayer did not stopped making waves. We loved her as a strong, powerful, female CEO of a big, important company … then some were irked when she took a two-week maternity leave after giving birth to her first child.

In February, some were annoyed when she banned employees from working from home in an all-staff memo touting that, “speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home.” (Keep in mind: In America, millions of people telecommute for work every single day.)

Now, because of a new family leave policy sanctioned by Mayer, she may be gaining some of her former fans back. The policy allows for moms at Yahoo to take 16 weeks of paid leave with benefits, while dads can take up to eight. Under the old rules, moms were only given eight weeks of paid maternity leave for regular childbirth.

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