OOPS: Microsoft CEO Steps in It With 'Advice' for Women Seeking a Raise
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella quickly walked back some comments he made on women asking for raises, calling what he said "inarticulate."
Nadella advised Thursday that female professionals should avoid asking for more money because that strategy will lead to "good karma" later.
“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. I think that might be one of the additional 'super powers' that, quite frankly, women who don’t ask for a raise have. Because that's good karma. It will come back," said Nadella to a predominantly female audience at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing.
Nadella's remark quickly spread, leading to a lot of criticism on social media.
He then tweeted an attempt to clarify:
Was inarticulate re how women should ask for raise. Our industry must close gender pay gap so a raise is not needed because of a bias #GHC14
— Satya Nadella (@satyanadella) October 9, 2014
The "Outnumbered" panel discussed the "foot in mouth" moment this afternoon.
Sandra Smith believes Nadella was trying to be complimentary, but obviously "went all wrong," noting that the tech industry has been called out over pay gaps between men and women.
Ainsley Earhardt said Nadella has obviously not read Sheryl Sandberg's popular book, "Lean In," which encourages women to ask for the raise if they feel they deserve it.
Andrea Tantaros pointed back to what her father told her on this subject: 'people are not mind readers, ya have to ask.'
Harris Faulkner said she still feels like women "get called the b-word" when they push for things in the workplace, but men "get called ambitious."
Watch the panel's thoughs above, including from Erick Erickson, who once got into a pretty epic clash with Megyn Kelly after some controversial remarks on working mothers.