Ms. Foundation for Women calls on Microsoft to do more than apologize for CEO’s sexist pay gap comment

“We look forward to Satya Nadella following up his apology with concrete actions to fix the sexism bug at Microsoft.”

NEW YORK, NY — Today, Ms. Foundation for Women President and CEO Teresa C. Younger made the following statement in response to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s apology for suggesting that women in tech should not ask for raises.

“While we appreciate Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s quick apology and admission that his advice to women in tech was flat-out wrong, we’re disheartened by the fact that systemic sexism still exists, as women in tech work hard to make strides toward economic security.With women (and people of color) grossly underrepresented in the STEM fields, being sorry is not enough.

“Until we change the mindset of executives and managers so that things like this are never said, women in tech will continue to face seemingly insurmountable hurdles as they struggle for equal representation in the field and to close the pay gap.

“Nadella and Microsoft need to move past apologies to the implementation of policies that support women and change the culture of sexism in tech. Microsoft and the entire tech industry must ensure that women are recruited, promoted and compensated fairly – receiving the same opportunities as men. Programs and policies must be in place to support women’s leadership and advancement, including training women on the art of negotiation – and training managers how to unlearn gender bias.

“We look forward to Satya Nadella following up his apology with concrete actions to fix the sexism bug at Microsoft.”

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