Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) came on the spotlight, but all for the wrong reasons. The software company’s Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella had made a comment saying that women shouldn’t ask for pay raise, but should wait for their work to be recognized before getting a raise. That comment didn’t go down well with men and women alike!
He was speaking during Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in Phoenix.
The comment blew out of control, forcing Nadella to apologize and retract his comment. But that didn’t stop critics from continuing with their rebuff. Many critics have gone as far as questioning the quality and quantity that women workers at Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) receive.
“It is shameful that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella would tell women—especially in an industry that already has a serious problem recruiting and retaining female talent—not to ask for raises,” co-founder of UltraViolet Nita Chaudhary said in a statement.
Others have termed it insensitive of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) CEO to make such comments, particularly at an event for women. The comment is also coming at a time that many people have raised concerns about the low number of women in the tech industry and the fact that those who find their way there don’t stick around for long.
Nadella first made a verbal apology before sending an email apology to Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) employees, explaining that he had answered the question wrong. When retracting the statement, he said that both men and women should be entitled to equal pay based on the work they do.
The country has done a lot to enhance access to education to women, and many women have become very successful in industries initially reserved for men. However, at workplaces, women still face a challenge in terms of pay and how they are treated.
This article has been written by Victor Ochieng.