Indra Nooyi Says She Never Asked For A Raise As She Finds It ‘Cringeworthy’, Faces Flak

Across the world, women, in general, are paid much less than men with the same qualifications for the same job. There is a massive gender wage gap that we are fighting. In India, women are paid 34% less than men for the same performance, according to a report by Economic Times.

In recent times, there has been a lot of discussion about how women should step up and ask for a raise; that she needs to demand what is rightfully hers. However, Indra Nooyi didn’t do the same for herself. In fact, she “never” asked for a raise, reports NDTV.

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In a recent interview, the former Chairman of PepsiCo revealed:

“I’ve never, ever, ever asked for a raise. I find it cringeworthy. I cannot imagine working for somebody and saying my pay is not enough. I never asked my board to give me more money. In fact, one year the board gave me a raise and I said, ‘I don’t want it.’ They said, ‘Why not?’ It was right after a financial crisis, and I said, ‘I don’t want the raise.'”

Her statement faced massive backlash online. Several people expressed how, in order to fight the gender pay disparity, women need to ask for a raise if they deserve it. Some also highlighted how considering Indra Nooyi is a global inspiration for women, her statement is disappointing.


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