Schireson’s resignation post is a giant leap forward for women execs


When Matt Lauer sat down with General Motors’ [fortune-stock symbol=”GM”] CEO Mary Barra in late June, he asked the automaker’s first female leader:

You said in an interview not long ago that your kids said they’re going to hold you accountable for one job, and that is being a mom. Given the pressure at General Motors, can you do both well?

Barra graciously answered the question, telling Lauer that she has a great team, a wonderful family and a supportive husband. Notably, she didn’t turn that question back on Lauer to ask how he handles his demanding work schedule at NBC and still manages to be a good father.

Male executives almost never hear that question. MongoDB’s now-former CEO Max Schireson can attest to that.

The head of the database company decided to step down Tuesday after asking himself how he can balance the dual demands of fatherhood and running…

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