What people are saying about Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's gaffe on women's pay

This file photo shows Mr Satya Nadella, Microsoft Corp chief executive, at the launch of Microsoft Surface Pro 3 in New York in May. Nadella has come under fire regarding his recent comments on pay equity. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
This file photo shows Mr Satya Nadella, Microsoft Corp chief executive, at the launch of Microsoft Surface Pro 3 in New York in May. Nadella has come under fire regarding his recent comments on pay equity. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella inadvertently raised some hackles when he touched on the topic of women asking for pay increase at the recent Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing event.

At the conference, an event for women in the male-dominated computing industry, Mr Nadella said "it’s not really about asking for a raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will give you the right raise" and compared pay issues for women to "karma".

Public backlash has been swift and unsympathetic and he has since retracted his comments via Twitter, in addition to sending out an apologetic company-wide memo.

Here is Mr Nadella's retraction tweet:

Online no-holds-barred reaction to Satya Nadella's gaffe:

I'm absolutely reeling. -Rachel Sklar (Founder of Change the Ratio)

On the flip side, here are some more light hearted reactions: