A sign of the changing times, the media are compulsively focused on the moves and strategies of two businesswomen. They are, of course, Facebook executive and author of "Lean In" Sheryl Sandberg and Yahoo head Marissa Mayer. No surprise, FORTUNE journalist Pat Sellers compares the sky high profile of Sandberg and the retreating one of former Celebrity CEO Mayer.
Is Sandberg aiming to run for public office? After all, she has worked for government. And if she is she has the gold network embedded with both influence and wealth.
On the other hand, why has Mayer gone under the radar? Could it be that two people can't occupy the same space at the same time? There used to be a joke related to that: In the nut house there can be only one Jesus Christ. So, is Mayer ceding the territory to the glam game to the older Sandberg and focusing non-stop on turning Yahoo around?
Also, Mayer kicked up a firestorm, not all reflecting positively on her or Yahoo, with her edict against telecommuting. At the very least, it's expensive to come into the office. Yesterday I commuted to my new job and shelled out about $60, including lunch out.
After Sandberg does make her move and travels that path, Mayer could re-emerge. Or her turnaround might not be a homerun and she could fade away.