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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Women must ask for raises if we are to close the pay gap

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In this Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 file photo, Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella speaks to students in New Delhi. On Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, Nadella spoke at an event for women in computing held in Phoenix, saying women don't need to ask for a raise. They should just trust the system. He was asked to give his advice to women who are uncomfortable requesting a raise. (Manish Swarup/AP)

Don’t ask. Just trust that the system will reward you for your compliance.

That is the message Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella delivered last week, when prodded for advice to give women who are reluctant to request raises.

“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,” said Nadella.

“Because that’s good karma,” he continued, shoving his foot deeper down his esophagus. “It’ll come back because somebody’s going to know, ‘That’s the kind of person that I want to trust. That’s the kind of person that I want to really give more responsibility to.’ ”

Again, this was advice to women, who earn less than men in almost every occupation on Earth. Also, such advice was delivered at a conference for women in tech, an industry in which, for many years, the biggest employers illegally conspired to depress employee pay. Sure sounds like a system workers can trust.

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