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:
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
Online no-holds-barred reaction to Satya Nadella's gaffe:
I'm absolutely reeling. -Rachel Sklar (Founder of Change the Ratio)
#Satyanadella has proved that even high qualification and position cannot change a person's mindset. Another male chauvinist.
— Evelicious ;) (@_sugababes_) October 10, 2014
Satya Nadella is something else, incredible, can't backtrack that one. I'm sure he waited patiently for his promotion. #satyanadella
— James Summerlin (@jamessummerlin) October 10, 2014
— Grace Killelea (@gracekillelea) October 9, 2014
On the flip side, here are some more light hearted reactions:
— Rajiv Kapoor (@TheWorldCitizen) October 10, 2014
— kcfaul (@kcfaul) October 10, 2014
— UniteWomenMilitary (@UniteWomenMil) October 10, 2014