Social progress, with a concomitant increase in visibility, brings the need for that community to adapt in order to make further progress. A recent case in point is the politically correct backlash from some in the trans community directed toward Sarah Silverman and the equal-pay video from the National Women's Law Center last week.
Nadella missed an immense opportunity to use this platform to become an advocate for women in technology. He should have marked his commitment, on behalf of his company, his industry, and the corporate environment, to helping women achieve personal and professional equality and creating a more diverse, level, and inclusive working world.
The not-so-subtle message was that if women worked hard, then wage inequality wouldn't exist. This advice might be logical if women weren't already working hard, if our country had a system with a level playing field where people were judged fairly, and if rampant wage inequality wasn't already the norm.
If a guiding principal of our technology industry is to unearth and solve problems, the pay gap is primed and ready. Instead of defaulting to outdated notions like the idealized subordinate woman, technology should embrace the future: equal opportunity to get jobs, do projects, get raises, run companies, succeed.
Dear women voters: It's our time, ladies. A midterm election looms, and the focus is on us! Politicians and pundits alike know that there's no crossing the electoral finish line without women voters in their corner. But are the candidates seeking to represent us talking about the issues we care about?