Its Sunday Magazine article on Yahoo by Nicholas Carlson is resonating. The message of "What Happened When Marissa Mayer Tried to Be Steve Jobs" is: Yahoo is in play or should be, that is, if shareholder value is put first. Here you can read that comprehensive analysis.
The deconstruction of the value of Yahoo stock before, during, and after the era of current leader Marissa Mayer is not kind to her. However, the fault may not be primarily in her leadership or management.
After initially being the darling of the media, it should be expected that at signs that the transformation of Yahoo is not panning out as expected, she would be vilified. In addition, as Annie Lowrey points out in New York Magazine, Mayer seems to be a victim of what's being called "The Glass Cliff."
Organizations on a growth trajectory tend to hire males as leaders. Those which need a turnaround tend to hire females. Essentially Yahoo was a has-been when Mayer took charge. The exception to that pattern, of course, had been Steve Jobs. He took a company whose best days seemed to be behind it and brought it to a new level of greatness. Here is the Lowrey article.
Given that Yahoo likely will be acquired, Mayer needs to begin re-branding. That will have two parts. One, she becomes a champion of shareholder value. Two, simultaneously she pulls out all stops transforming Yahoo. The latter will make Yahoo more attractive to bidders.
From Mayer's experience, all female professionals should be wary of offers to parachute in and rescue a fading empire. The more productive move might be to join a winner and learn from the leaders and managers. Then those women can proceed from a position of strength. Their choices increase.