So, I was searching for most successful women entrepreneurs from India and I come across this impressive lady. Indra Nooyi. Who, even after being bugged by critics for quite some time after her appointment, rised against them and proved her appointment right enough.
Looking at such strong women personalities, I always thought that either these women are blessed with super-powers or with a very supportive family. And that times are changing bla bla and bla.
But after reading this interview here it really got me confused.
Why would her mom, her own mom, send her to get milk at 10 in the night saying the husband who arrived at 8 was very tired? Why would she tell her to keep the damned crown in the garage? Especially on a day she got the biggest jump of her career?
Does it boil down to the same old thing? That SAHW (stay at home women) should worship their men and provide for the family because the men are so tired after a long day at work. And working women should do the same because well, the men let them go out and earn? It baffled me.
And looking at her answer to the second question where she says that “women can’t have it all” well I don’t know why but it made me feel that empty kind of sad which comes with some sense of hopelessness. Here is a woman most of us would look up to or be inspired or awe at or you know, be intimidated by and she, of all the women out there says that “women can’t have it all”.
Is our social setup so crooked that it doesn’t let women to be genuinely happy when they deserve to be? I mean, if it were a man at this place, he would feel so proud to have brought his family to a place where they lead lives that thousands of people can’t imagine about. It would make his chest swell. And he would, very conveniently, assume that his wife would take care of the rest, the upbringing, the manners, the homework, the school appointments, the doctor visits, the home-front, everything.
Why can’t a woman at this level expect the same? For extended family to be supportive and be a part of that upbringing, manners, homework, school & medical appointments and home-managing. Why does she have to feel, at the end of the day, that her daughter wouldn’t consider her a very good mum? Why can’t she feel that her daughter would look up to her? And admire her? And know that afterall, women can go out there and claim the crown?
I agree, the road is tough and the going would be tougher, but hey, she is the president of PepsiCo! She did it! And yet, this interview makes me think…………. I don’t know. May be this is a very confused writeup. But well, thats what it made me.