The uproar on social media over PepsiCo CEO Indra K Nooyi's remarks earlier this month that women "can't have it all" is a classic case of much ado about nothing.
The lady with an extraordinary corporate career has publicly acknowledged that at some point balancing family and work becomes a zero-sum game and she has chosen work despite a twinge of guilt that was sometimes hard to get past.
Given that a lot of women are exercising that option these days, it beats logic to make such a big deal about the statement.
Nooyi is being criticised for making millions of women feel that they are to blame if they cannot manage to rise up the ladder as fast as men and also have a family and an active home life. But the charge is unfair.
Rather, Nooyi should be complimented for having the courage to come face-to-face with the fact that we all have to make hard choices.
In any case, she has been frank about the elusive balance between career and motherhood. As more and more such icons talk about their struggles to excel professionally, perhaps we can acknowledge more candidly that every choice has its costs and benefits.
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Text: Shyamal Majumdar, Business Standard