Manu Joseph, Flavia Agnes, Ira Trivedi, Avani Davada

Event: Can Women Have It All?

Manu Joseph, Flavia Agnes, Ira Trivedi, Avani Davada -- can women have it all

Left to Right: Manu Joseph, Flavia Agnes, Ira Trivedi, and Avani Davada

A few months ago, Indian-born PepsiCo CEO Indra K. Nooyi made headlines when she asserted that women absolutely cannot have it all. In an interview with Atlantic magazine, Nooyi proclaimed:

We pretend we have it all. We pretend we can have it all. My husband and I have been married for 34 years. And we have two daughters. And every day you have to make a decision about whether you are going to be a wife or a mother, in fact many times during the day you have to make those decisions. And you have to co-opt a lot of people to help you. We co-opted our families to help us. We plan our lives meticulously so we can be decent parents. But if you ask our daughters, I’m not sure they will say that I’ve been a good mom. I’m not sure.

Nooyi’s comments reflect a widespread anxiety amongst women today who encounter tremendous pressure as they strive to develop a career as robust as their male counterparts while sustaining active engagement in home and personal life. Women must know how to make choices that make the most sense for themselves and their families, and how to seek support for their domestic and professional goals.

That’s why Badal Ja! welcomes The Asia Society’s exciting discussion tomorrow night: Can Women Have It All: Exploring Balance for 21st Century Women.

How do we define “all” or “success”? What constitutes these terms is subjective, and is dependent on an individual’s perspective. Is this phrase coined primarily for women of an elite society? Or can this be applied to women of various social strata who don’t have a choice whether they want to work but need a double income to support their families? How do factors such as field of work, professional rank, or financial necessity play into determining an individual’s ability to successfully balance work and personal life? Given the changing family dynamics in contemporary society, which places an emphasis on redefining fatherhood, where do men fit into this dimension of the work-life balance?

The all-star panel encompasses a variety of perspectives, including Flavia Agnes (pioneer of the women’s movement and co-founder of Majlis legal services for women), Avani Saglani Davda (Chief Executive Officer of Tata Starbucks Limited), Ira Trivedi (bestselling author and whose latest non-fiction book is India in Love: Marriage and Sexuality in the 21st century) and Manu Joseph (columnist for The International New York Times and The Hindustan Times).

This event offers an important and timely conversation on the intricacies and challenges around women’s work-life balance, as well as the cultural trends that inform its evolution. We’re excited to serve as Asia Society’s outreach partner for this event.

See you there!

Date: Tuesday, 16th September, 2014
Time: 6:30 pm (Registration begins at 6:00 pm)
Venue: Coomaraswamy Hall, CSMVS Museum, 159-161, M.G Road, Fort Mumbai
Admission: Free
RSVP required: asiasocietyindiacentre@asiasociety.org