Marissa Mayer Lashes Out at 'Gender-Charged' Reporting

'It's a shame'
By Luke Roney,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 25, 2016 5:36 PM CDT

(Newser) – Marissa Mayer says coverage of her four years at the helm of Yahoo has been "gender charged." "We all see the things that only plague women leaders, like articles that focus on their appearance, like Hillary Clinton sporting a new pantsuit," she tells the Financial Times. "I think all women are aware of that, but I had hoped in 2015 and 2016 that I would see fewer articles like that. It’s a shame." It was announced Monday that Verizon would acquire the struggling Internet pioneer for $4.83 billion, which, per the Guardian, puts an "ignominious end to Mayer’s plans to turn Yahoo around."

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Mayer has been oft-criticized for how she has run Yahoo, with much of the criticism centering on "bad acquisitions and poor hires," per the Times, such as buying Tumblr for $1.1 billion—part of what the Guardian calls a "wild spending spree." In a post on that platform, Mayer writes, "I’m planning to stay. I love Yahoo, and I believe in all of you. It’s important to me to see Yahoo into its next chapter." But how long that will be remains to be seen. "It might be for a short period," an analyst tells NBC news. "They might need her input during the integration process." (Read more Yahoo stories.)

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