Microsoft's newish CEO, Satya Nadella, recently said that women who do not ask for raises, like their male-counterparts, have a "superpower." He somehow managed to connect this incredulous lack of equality to #karma, going on to say that women need to "trust the system."
Nadella is a moron.
After Twittercism reached his insanely misogynistic ears, he came up with how he was "inarticulate" in his response.
I wonder what Nadella would say if he was told not to ask for his annual raise while other colleagues enjoyed theirs...to leave his to #karma. I very much doubt he'd feel powerful or heroic. He'd feel like he was being treated unfairly, taken for granted. And he'd be right. Because that is exactly how Microsoft's CEO has been treating his female employees since he took on the role earlier this year. Yikes. If Bill Gates doesn't ask for this guy's immediate resignation, he's just as bad as Nadella. And, to (briefly) address the recent Forbes piece on vilifying Nadella, let me just say this: Nadella IS Microsoft's CEO. Corporations are run from the top down. To suggest otherwise is ludicrous. He's not the only asshole on the planet, that's true--but it does not lessen his highly visible role. Nor does it negate the fact that he made his ridiculously sexist utterances at a conference on women who work in computer technologies. For that reason alone, he deserves to be fired. Obviously, the guy isn't cut out to be an executive. He can't control his own mouth, let alone a company like Microsoft.
To all the female engineers working for Microsoft, you have my condolences. Look for another job. You're all brilliant and talented and creative people. I hear Apple appreciates those traits in spades....
The word "satya" is from Sanskrit. It loosely means "unchangeable," but is generally thought of as absolute truth, that pervasive thing in the Universe that supersedes all via its constancy...also known as reality. How ironic. Because the one constant reality, the single most pervasive, and therefore absolute, truth in the Universe for women is, that when we get a good job, it is not because we are well-qualified, highly-competent, talented, and educated individuals. It is because we are women...and whoever hired us was required to do so. By law.
I can practically hear a little boy whining from his treehouse perch, "Awww Dad...do I have to let her in???"
That's why men like Nadella feel the way they do. Women get raises when they "trust the system." Uh huh. There are now a myriad of studies that consistently show women earning at least $10,000 less than their male counterparts. At least! The average woman makes 75-cents for every dollar a man makes in the same job. That's a 25% pay cut! And a company like Microsoft, who frankly, makes inordinate amounts of money, should be valuing their female employees equally. You can certainly afford it...can't you, Microsoft?
Do women not have to pay rent, electric bills, water bills, grocery bills? Do we not have to make car payments, pay for gas, car insurance? Did we not attend college, like the men being paid more than us? Do we not have student loans to repay? Families? The need to build a solid retirement plan? What a strange pathology--to believe that women and men do not bear the same financial burdens in the 21st century. Because we do. And then some. No wonder women are so much poorer than our male equivalents. Perhaps the men of this world have watched too many Disney films, and believe women to all have *magical* powers--either by a fairy wand, a witch's hat, or wizard's robes.
When social media posts suggest things like, "Bitches be crazy...," it's often perceived as funny. Because, it's totally true. Wouldn't you be "crazy" if you worked harder for everything you had to do, and, still somehow made less? And the reason? Because you have tits?! No, it's not the tits. It's the lack of penis. The weird part? Many a man holding us gals down because we don't have a penis, still expect a woman to put her mouth on his! Now THAT is "crazy"....
Mr. Nadella: Do you know what good #karma truly is? It's treating people fairly. You're in a position to be a corporate role model. To be a #Superman. You actually have the equivalent of superpowers as the CEO of one of the wealthiest corporations in the world. It should be easy for you. And yet, instead, you choose some pseudo-new age #karma concept to justify holding women down. Well, since you seem to believe in #karma, you may want to worry less about your female employees' karmic luck, and more about your own. Either step up...or step down.
Gawd, you can practically hear a cosmic pin drop....