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Pregnancy is making Bumble CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd rethink parental work policies

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Whitney Wolfe Herd, the founder and CEO of Bumble, has always put a lot of thought into work-life balance both for herself and at her online dating company. But now she’s going through what she calls a major “rethink” of that thought process and how things like parental leave affect the 130 employees at Bumble, a female-centric app that only allows women to make the first move. That’s because the 29-year-old executive is expecting her first child—a boy, due in November—putting her in the unique position of being not just a female, millennial tech CEO, but a millennial tech CEO who’s about to be a mother.

“I definitely have always thought about parental leave and parental well-being, just because I have always worked with somebody who’s been a parent, whether that be a father or a mother,” Herd said on Monday, soon after she announced her pregnancy. “I’ve always wanted parents to prioritize their children’s well-being alongside their job. So I never wanted them to feel like they have to choose one or the other. I don’t think that’s a fair position to be in.”

Indeed, in 2014 when Herd founded........

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