Editors' pick: Originally published April 11.
Indra Nooyi has been president and CEO of one of the world's largest consumer products companies for nearly a decade, and yet she still gets called "sweetie" and "honey."
At Tina Brown's Women in the World Summit last week, the head of PepsiCo (PEP) spoke about the challenges she's faced as a female CEO, and at the top of that list was the simple notion of being treated the same as her male counterparts.
"We've got to be treated as executives or people rather than 'honey' or 'sweetie' or 'babe,'" she said. "That has to change."
As one of the 21 women running a Fortune 500 company, Nooyi has led PepsiCo to great heights.
Since Nooyi took over as CEO nearly one decade ago, the company's annual revenues shares have almost doubled to $63 billion, and its stock price has jumped 56%, outperforming the S&P 500's gains.
"This is the best performing consumer products group stock," said Jim Cramer, TheStreet's founder and manager of the Action Alerts PLUS portfolio, which owns Pepsi. "I think that Indra commands a level of respect that exceeds all others in the space."
And yet she still faces discrimination.
"People call you difficult, they say things behind your back, but we all know that's the price of moving up this chain," she said at the Summit. "We have to figure our own coping mechanisms."
"How are we going to help this interaction between a woman and her personal life because at the end of the day we may also want to be wives, daughters, whatever role we want to play," she said.