When Indra Nooyi, CEO, PepsiCo, remarked at the Aspen Ideas Festival, that women can’t have it all, it turned heads, and minds. For a person of her position to actually quote those words, it set many thinking.
It is a matter of international and psychological debate whether anyone can actually ‘have it all.’ But we are not talking about that. What we are more interested in is the fact that she believes that women can’t.
We have been trained through centuries of conditioning to believe that each person is set in certain roles in society. When the suffragettes started their movement to be able to vote and participate in legislature- a milestone in modern society, the popular roles were shifting, evolving.
Everything evolves with time they say. But before the suffragettes came along, the oracles at Delphi (most certainly women) were revered as priestesses. The Ancient Egyptians followed famous Queens like Nefertiti who were pivotal in changing the course of history. Indian history is riddled with stories of famous women who lead and bled for land and love.
Most notably, on the other end of the spectrum, in the popular TV series Game of Thrones, Daenerys Targaryen is to have famously quoted, “Valar Morghulis- All Men Must Die; but we are not men.” It seems men, too are not free from this condemnation.