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Posted by on Oct 10, 2014 in Featured, Science & Technology, Society | 16 comments

Microsoft CEO tells women that their salary rests on karma, then retracts

At the Grace Hopper celebration of women in computing, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella gave this bit of career advise to the assembled audience of 8,000 women:

“It’s not really about asking for a raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will give you the right raise” … because “all HR systems are long-term efficient, short-term inefficient.”
Satya Nadella, 8 October 2014
Grace Hopper conference

As you might imagine, his remarks were perceived as controversial. In a few hours, he had backpedaled (rightly so).

The Storify has details and reactions and the retraction. Ladies, read it and weep. [Updated 9:31 pm Pacific, Friday]

Photo of Satya Nadella, Flickr CC