Microsoft’s “Outrageous” Comment

While pondering what I could possibly post about this week I began by searching helpful hints for using Adobe Illustrator. However, after reading a few paragraphs of things I didn’t understand, I noticed a related article in the right hand side of the web page. What caught my attention was the title A Lesson From Microsoft’s Outrageous Comment. 

When I clicked on the article I immediately took from it that Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella made some sort of sexists comment in regards to woman receiving job raises. However, when I read his direct statement, I didn’t believe it was sexists in any way shape or form. Pulled directly from this article , Satya Nadella said in regards to woman asking for a higher pay,

“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, that’s good Karma”

Now would someone PLEASE explain to me why such a huge deal was made from this comment??

In my opinion, this is one of the many cases where the media takes something and twists it into something completely unintended by the subject of the controversy. All Satya Nadella was really implying by his statement was that if you work hard, a raise will come your way. There is no need to ask for something because if you’re asking, clearly your efforts haven’t been enough to simply get noticed.

What this article quickly turned into was a long list of statistics on the average woman’s salary, vs what a man makes on average. By the end of the article you understand that the point is that regardless of how hard you work, whether you speak up or not, woman will not make the same salary as a man.

I guess what frustrates me most is that there are many many many articles out there similar to this one, listing evidence and facts that woman make less money, blah blah blah.

I’m a woman, and I don’t see the need to harp over this issue, everyone should be self motivated and push themselves to do all they can. If you want to make the same salary as your male coworker, push yourself harder and it will happen. The feminist movement happened years ago, by this point in history men and woman would be equal if we stopped pointing out statistics that state otherwise.

(This relates to social media because social media is what’s causing these “statistics” to exist in the first place) <<This is only my opinion

That is all,

Carolyn

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One thought on “Microsoft’s “Outrageous” Comment

  1. I think the reason the comment is so controversial is because hes telling women to put their faith in a system to treat them fairly when studies have shown again and again that the system does the opposite. And it doesn’t matter if women push themselves as hard as men (which they do????(I mean HONESTLY)) they’re still less likely to even GET the job let alone get paid the same amount as a man in the same position. And the statistics aren’t pointing out that men and women are unequal, they’re pointing out the unequal treatment given to women. And if there are SO MANY articles pointing out the same thing (women being paid less than men) then don’t you think perhaps this is a problem that should be fixed???
    -Olivia

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