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Microsoft CEO’s Sexist View Of Women, Dressed Up As Advice

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By Robin Abcarian
Los Angeles Times.

Finally, ladies! A secret of the universe has been revealed, and it comes from Microsoft Chief Executive Satya Nadella.

The way professional women can get raises, he explained at a conference of women technologists on Thursday, is to avoid asking for one.

That’s right: Women should simply trust that the system, particularly male-dominated tech, will reward them. You know, like it does.

“It’s not really about asking for the raise,” he told Harvey Mudd College President Maria Klawe, who interviewed him onstage Thursday at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference in Phoenix, “but knowing and having faith that the system will give you the right raises as you go along.”

Not asking for a raise is a kind of “superpower,” he said, that enables women to please their bosses, which will result in good karma and, eventually, a fatter paycheck. No. Seriously. “That’s good karma,” he said, referrring to NOT asking for more money.

“It’ll come back because somebody’s gonna know that’s the kind of person that I want to trust, that’s the kind of person that I really want to give more responsibility to.”

Fascinating. I wonder what Lilly Ledbetter would say. She had to take her unequal pay case to the Supreme Court and then Congress in order to rectify it. It’s almost as appalling as Gov. Jerry Brown once telling university professors they should be willing to take pay cuts because their jobs provide “psychic income.”

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