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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's Raise Advice For Women

Trust Karma to Get a Raise? Microsoft's CEO Has Terrible Advice For Women

[UPDATE: Now with Microsoft CEO's statement of retraction, below.]

A wave of whispers flooded the audience at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing when Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella made a shocking comment about women in the workplace. While talking with Maria Klawe on stage, Nadella said that women should embrace their innate "superpowers" and confidence when focusing on their career. "It's not really about asking for a raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will give you the right raise," he said.

"That might be one of the initial 'superpowers' that, quite frankly, women [who] don't ask for a raise have," the CEO continued. "It's good karma. It will come back." Women were very displeased by Nadella's odd advice not to ask for a pay increase. Check out the Twitter response below.

Nadella later took to Twitter to clarify his statement, explaining that he wants the tech industry to close the pay gap between men and women and thus allow women to work without needing to ask for raises. What's your take on the Microsoft CEO's advice?

Nadella issued this statement, retracting his comments.

"Toward the end of the interview, Maria asked me what advice I would offer women who are not comfortable asking for pay raises. I answered that question completely wrong. Without a doubt I wholeheartedly support programs at Microsoft and in the industry that bring more women into technology and close the pay gap. I believe men and women should get equal pay for equal work. And when it comes to career advice on getting a raise when you think it's deserved, Maria's advice was the right advice. If you think you deserve a raise, you should just ask.

I said I was looking forward to the Grace Hopper Conference to learn, and I certainly learned a valuable lesson. I look forward to speaking with you at our monthly Q&A next week and am happy to answer any question you have."

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