Tomahawk, WI 10/13/2014 (Basicsmedia) – Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) CEO, Satya Nadella, has been under siege after making sexist remarks that suggested women should not ask for pay hikes, but instead trust the system to pay them well. During an interview on Bloomberg, Harvey Mudd College President, Maria Klawe, defended Nadella sexist sentiments reiterating that it is natural for any system to reward people for any job well done.
“His comments were not about women; they were about how he wishes the world were a utopia with that actually happen. He would have said exactly the same thing to an audience with 8,000 males in it. So it is not that he thinks women shouldn’t ask, it is he thinks that nobody should have to ask because the system should work and recognize contributions fairly,” said Mrs. Klawe
Nadella’s remarks received backlash on Twitter and BlogSpot’s in a day and age where women are reportedly paid less than men in a number of fields of operations. Nadella was later forced to calm the storm by reiterating he might have answered the question wrongly, in a memo on Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s website. In what is seen as an apology from the top executive, Nadella later stated that he thinks men and women should be paid the same amount when carrying out equal tasks
“Given that culture rewards people who ask for more responsibilities, who ask for help who ask for a promotion and who ask for raises given that, that culture proportionally rewards people who do that […] Making them feel that they don’t have to ask is not the right advice,” said Mrs. Klawe.
The CEO went on to affirm Klawe’s sentiments, stating that women should always go forth and ask for pay rise in instances where they feel they deserve it. Women at Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) currently stand at 30% of the total labor force with only 17% of them at the leadership role. Klawe believes that women in Microsoft should go ahead and ask for pay hike as reward for the hard work they do in the company.