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San Francisco (AFP) – Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella triggered uproar on Thursday after suggesting working women should trust “karma” when it comes to securing pay raises.

Nadella was speaking during an on-stage discussion at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference in Arizona, when he made the remarks.

Asked about advice for women interested in advancing careers but uncomfortable asking for pay increases, Nadella was quoted as responding they should just trust “that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along.”

He reportedly went on to contend that women who don’t ask for pay raises have a “superpower” in the form of “good karma, that’ll come back.”

Moderator Maria Klawe, a college president and a member of Microsoft’s board of directors, pointedly disagreed with Nadella, triggering applause from the audience.

Studies have consistently shown women get paid less than men doing the same jobs.

Klawe advised women listening to “do your homework” to make sure their pay is on par with that of male counterparts.

Nadella later scrambled to damp down the controversy in a response on Twitter.

“Was inarticulate re how women should ask for a raise,” Nadella said in a message fired off at his @satyanadella Twitter account.

“Our industry must close gender pay gap so a raise is not needed because of a bias.”

Nadella also reportedly sent a memo to Microsoft employees apologizing for suggesting women rely on good karma instead of asking for raises, saying his reply to the question earlier was “completely wrong.”

AFP Photo/Saul Loeb

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Pennsylvania and Nevada, two key 2020 battleground states, both certified President-elect Joe Biden's victory on Tuesday -- while President Donald Trump kept seeking to contest election results in court and insisted that he "will never concede."

Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Bookvar, a Democrat, reported that she had certified the results after receiving certifications from all of Pennsylvania's 67 counties yesterday. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf tweeted that he had fulfilled the legal requirements and "signed the Certificate of Ascertainment for the slate of electors for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris." The final vote total showed Biden with a lead of 80,555 votes in the commonwealth.

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