I hate be­ing called ‘sweetie’ or ‘honey’: Pepsi CEO Nooyi

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NEW YORK: As­sert­ing that women in work­places and so­ci­ety de­serve equal treat­ment, Pep­siCo’s In­dia-born CEO In­dra Nooyi said she “hates” be­ing called “sweetie” or “honey” and women should be re­spected as in­di­vid­u­als and not ad­dressed by 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 honey, sweetie, babe. That has to change,” Nooyi said on Fri­day 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 man 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, and yet there we are still fight­ing for that,” she said.

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We still have to have equal treat­ment... We have got to be treated as ex­ec­u­tives or peo­ple rather than honey, sweetie, babe. That has to change.

IN­DRA NOOYI, Pep­siCo CEO

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