Indra Nooyi: 'I hate being called sweetie, honey, babe...'

New York: Asserting that women in the workplace and society deserve equal treatment, PepsiCo's India-born CEO Indra Nooyi today said she "hates" being called "sweetie" or "honey" and women should be treated as executives or people and not called such names.

"We still have to have equal treatment. I hate being called sweetie or honey at times which I still am called. All that has got to go. We have got to be treated as executives or people rather than (being called) honey, sweetie, babe.

Pepsico CEO Indra Nooyi. AFP

Pepsico CEO Indra Nooyi. AFP

That has to change," Nooyi said at the Women In the World Summit presented by renowned journalist and author Tina Brown in association with the New York Times.

Nooyi said women have been in the "revolution mode" for many many years, from getting entry into the "boys club" to demanding parity in pay.

She said women have "clawed" their way into the workplace by getting their degrees, good grades in school, which made the male counterparts "take note of us."

"We clawed our way into the revolution in this work place. Then we needed parity in pay, not yet there we are still fighting for that," she said.

Nooyi, among the most powerful and influential business women in the world, said companies and individuals have not yet talked about the "big revolution" of how societies, governments, companies and families help women as they give birth, take care of young children and aging parents and at the same time manage a career.


Updated Date: Apr 09, 2016 05:03 AM

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