Let them eat karma

gothic genderpost final

For your Saturday morning coffee:

Microsoft: Let them eat karma

microsoft CEOWell, well. This was all over the internet last night, but this morning has suddenly disappeared. Microsoft CEO says women should trust “good karma” instead of asking for raises.

Satya Nadella, who became CEO in February, was asked how women should get ahead in the tech world.

“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,” (Recording: http://bit.ly/1xpjBci)

“Because that’s good karma.”

Last year, women made 78 percent of what equally qualified men receive. Out of Microrsoft’s 100,000 employees, 29 percent are female.

UPDATE: Oh, dear, someone has just published the latest numbers about Microsoft’s gender problem.  Only 20 per cent of employees are women. Only 17 percent of its technical, engineering, and management staff are women.  Microsoft’s board has only two female members–Teri List-Stoll, the chief financial officer of Kraft Foods, and Maria Klaw, president of Harvey Mudd College–out of 12 board members in total.  Oh dear, and “lewd behaviour”: a £10 million court case, bad karma, that.

Day of the Girl

Today, October 11, is International Day of the Girl.  According to the U.S. State Department,
empowering adolescent girls means freeing them from violence and ensuring them an education.

  • 150 million girls worldwide experience sexual violence each year.
  • One in nine girls is married by the age of 15.
  • Brides who are barely out of childhood are more likely to suffer early pregnancy, maternal mortality, and transmission of HIV/AIDS.
  • More than three million girls a year are at risk of female genital mutilation/cutting, which leads to physical and mental health problems.
  • Terrorist groups view educated girls as a threat and intimidate or harm girls who are pursuing an education, as evidenced by Boko Haram’s kidnapping of girls in Nigeria, including more than 200 girls from their school dormitories.
  • Brutal treatment and de-humanization of women and girls by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is central to its campaign of terror.
Nobel Prize for Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi

MalalaNobel Prize Committee recognized Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi for their contributions to girls’ education, but for some reason, Malala, who was shot by the Taliban, is the one getting all the headlines. Speech here (warning: sounds starts on opening link) “I had two choices, to keep silent and wait to be killed, or to speak up and be killed.”

Kidnapped Yazidi Girls escape from Islamic State.

yazidi girl escapes from islamic stateFrom Haaretz: kidnapped Iraqi girls tell their stories,

“The militants sold her off for $1,000 to a Saudi fighter. She saw the fighters at time taking a powdered drug. So she poured it into tea she served to the Saudi and the other men, causing them to fall asleep. Then she fled the house.”

Another story from Haaretz about teens in France being recruited to run away to Syria to join the jihad.

Newly released documents reveal Bill Clinton liked to watch Star Trek Voyager

The Clinton library released documents pertaining to the Monica Lewinsky matter, as well as Hillary’s health care task force, among other subjects, but surprise surprise surprise, it was Monica who made it into the headlines. My above headline shows the correct emphasis. /snark

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