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“Treat Us As Equals,” Says PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi

Posted: April 19, 2016

“We still have to have equal treatment. I hate being called sweetie or honey at times which I still am called,” said Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo.

We often assume that after heading one of the world’s largest consumer product companies for nearly a decade and doubling up the company’s revenue in her tenure; after rubbing shoulders with some of the biggest names in the industry and beyond; after being consistently named in the Forbes list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women for her successful career at PepsiCo; office-wide respect and gender equality would be given.

But unfortunately it seems that successful leadership doesn’t necessarily lead to equal treatment for women in the workplace.

The cola giant CEO discussed the challenges she had to face as a female in charge at Tina Brown’s Women in the World Summit, 2016. She remarked that one of the toughest hurdle for her to overcome was not being treated equally by her male colleagues, despite being who she is today.

Take a look at the video of this inspirational woman who said that despite the gender disparity at the workplace she ‘clawed’ her way up and that is what we all have to do. As a woman we need to help other women to climb up the ladder too.

Image source: youtube. 

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  1. I found the video very interesting and thank you for bringing it to us. It brought out many interesting thoughts to the fore. One overwhelming thought is that children of working parents suffer losses from the choices their parents are forced to make. Planned marriages and planned parenthood is the need of the hour. Not enough awareness is raised in capitalist societies of this aspect of adult life. Working women more so have to be making clear and informed choices so that they do not lose out on a clear career trajectory on the one hand, and on the other hand suffer from guilt for not been able to be around enough for the kids or worse feeling burnt out at both ends trying to balance work and home. Men have to pitch in willingly and voluntarily to ease the decisions and burden of home care. Often in homes where hiring of nannies/help is possible because of a double income, it is misconstrued as an easing of the burden of the working woman and so there is still no change in the man’s contribution to the home in terms of help. Men continue as before enjoying the status and independence of the financial contributor with little or no real experience of the working wife/mothers challenges. The woman on the other hand is pitching in to ease the financial burden of the man as well as continuing to carry much of the burden of the home and managing the logistics of the nanny/ help. This is an aberration. A real solution is that social change is imperative -equality between genders cannot be confined to just the workplace but must be extended to the home too.

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