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When high-profile women take short maternity leaves, it sends mixed message

A week after announcing she'd adopted a baby, Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser was back at work, addressing the media at a press conference.

She's not the first high-profile mother to make a swift return to work following the arrival of a baby. In 2012, Marissa Mayer, then Yahoo's CEO, took just two weeks off following the birth of her twins. And in 2008 , vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin worked the campaign trail in the

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