Harvey Mudd College President, Maria Klawe, took an interview with Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s CEO Satya Nadella. Nadella is under fire because of his comments in this interview, in which he said that women must not ask for pay raises and benefits in the tech industry and must wait for the Karma to work for them for rewards. In a program on Bloomberg, Klawe said that the interview went amazing. The interview continued for about 40 minutes and Nadella looked very passionate about the role of women in the technology sector. There were around 7,500 women in the crowd, all from the technology sector. The crowd also had 400 men from the tech sector. There was a great buzz and excitement throughout the interview. People were giving Nadella huge applauses and cheers on his answers when suddenly, after Nadella’s strange comments about pay raises for women, the crowd went dumbfounded.
“Well, first of all, I was somewhat surprised by his response […],” said Klawe.
Klawe gave an explanation of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s CEO comments and tried to justify them in their contextual backgrounds. She thinks that Nadella’s cultural background has a role to play in his thinking. He was not just talking about women regarding the pay raises, he would have also advised men to do the same, thinks Klawe. In Indian culture, as Klawe stated, it is not appropriate to ask for things yourself. She said that empowerment in the corporate world to ask for raises is perfectly fine but there was a certain minute meaning which was being conveyed by Nadella in the Hopper conference.
The program also showed a quick comparison of salaries in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) for men and women. Interestingly, men make more money in Microsoft as compared to women. A senior product manager in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) makes $130,839 whereas for the same position, a woman is paid $124, 069. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) pays men more than women in 11 out of 14 categories in jobs according to the source.
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