On Thursday, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella spoke at the annual Grace Hopper Celebration, which celebrates women in the tech field.
There, according to Read Write, he offered up some horrifically bad advice to the majority women present.
A lot of advice is thrown at women to be considered equals in the workplace — lean in, speak up, be confident, demand raises and promotions, don’t dress “slutty” — which in itself is problematic because it places the onus on women to correct the culturally entrenched male dominance in workplaces.(Companies should be the ones working to demolish the “old boys club,” and putting practices into place including strict policies on sexual harassment, equal pay, mentorship and paid maternity and paternity leave, for starters.)However, advice given by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella hit a new level of terrible: Don’t ask for raises, trust that your “super powers,” “the system” and “karma” will get you what you want.
Maria Klawe, a member of the Microsoft Board, Harvey Mudd College president and computer scientist.“That might be one of the initial ‘super powers,’ that quite frankly, women (who) don’t ask for a raise have,” stated to Klawe. It will come back.”There are of course a couple issue with this advice. Luckily Klawe stepped in to give some practical advice on asking for a raise.
If you’re going to tell women to ignore the advice of “Lean In” (which is not perfect advice) let’s start by equally employing and offering raises to women. “First of all, do your homework…know what the appropriate salary is.” Klawe said according to Read Write.
“Then role play, sit down with someone you really trust, and practice asking them for a raise.”Nadella did have a slightly redeeming moment.
He acknowledge that the tech industry and Microsoft need to do more to include women and minorities.
Read Write reports:“‘I don’t want to fall for the…’supply side’ excuse,’ he said to cheers from the audience, though he did acknowledge the pipeline of women interested in science and technology is not as big as the pool of men.
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