Satya Nadella says, was ’completely wrong’ on comments on women pay
Satya Nadella, the Microsoft CEO yesterday when talking to Maria Klawe at the Grace Hopper Conference was asked about his advice on women asking for a pay raise. Responding to this comment, for which he later made a post on his Twitter timeline, Nadella has said “I answered that question completely wrong.”
Yesterday in an interview with the president of Harvey Mudd College, Klawe asked Nadella “For women who aren’t comfortable with asking for a raise...what’s your advice for them?”
According to a report published in PCWorld, Nadella said “I think might be one of the additional superpowers that quite frankly women who don’t ask for a raise have, because that’s good karma. It’ll come back. Because somebody’s gonna know that’s the kind of person I want to trust. That’s the kind of person I want to give more responsibility to. And in the long-term efficiency, things catch up”
He later re-thought over the comment and said “Was inarticulate re how women should ask for raise. Our industry must close gender pay gap so a raise is not needed because of a bias,” on Twitter.
Soon Nadella posted a short explanation on this to all Microsoft employees in an email. In his email this was what he said-
“Toward the end of the interview, Maria asked me what advice I would offer women who are not comfortable asking for pay raises. I answered that question completely wrong. Without a doubt I wholeheartedly support programs at Microsoft and in the industry that bring more women into technology and close the pay gap. I believe men and women should get equal pay for equal work. And when it comes to career advice on getting a raise when you think it’s deserved, Maria’s advice was the right advice. If you think you deserve a raise, you should just ask.”