Silicon Valley and the Wage Gap

Back in October of 2014, at an event organized for women working in the computing industry, chief Microsoft executive Satya Nadella declared, “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.”  To provide context, he was addressing a question about what women should do when they are uncomfortable in asking for a raise.  He was stated that women should not ask for wage raises and should rather wait for the system to ‘reward’ them for their work.  The system that Nadella is referencing is one that has been proven to be overwhelmingly composed of male workers and showcases the wage discrepancy amongst works of the two sexes that is prevalent across the nation, and the difference in gender employment in the industry.  He later went on Twitter to publicly apologize for the incident, stating that it was in no way his intent to come off as a supporter of the inequality of pay, though not before drawing, once again, more attention to the matter.  Through things such as this we can begin looking into discrepancy and work to a change.

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