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Microsoft CEO’s Comments Reflect A Larger Workplace Problem

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Microsoft CEO’s Comments Reflect A Larger Workplace Problem

“Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s comments on women asking for raises triggered an instant backlash, but they also raise more questions about the tech industry’s male-dominated culture and spotlight the challenges women in tech face. Ironically, Nadella made these remarks Thursday at a conference named after Grace Hopper, one of the women who helped pioneer computer programming. Toward the end of an interview with Maria Klawe, a member of Microsoft’s board, Nadella was asked what advice he would give women who were hesitant to ask for a raise. It’s not really about asking for the raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along,” he said. “And that, 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..”




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