Another day. Another Fizz Follow-up.
This time from the Puget Sound Business Journal. They picked up our Fizz item about Republican U.S. congressional candidate Pedro Celis' convoluted attempt at yesterday's debate with incumbent U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA, 1) to advocate equal pay for women at Microsoft.
At the debate, Celis gravitated toward a sexist trope: Women aren't "nerdy" like men are, he said, and that's the reason Microsoft should cherish women's better "communication" skills—and promote them for that.
The Journal asked Celis' campaign about the odd comment, and his spokesman doubled down.
Celis' spokesman Gary Delany said Thursday that the candidate supports equal pay for equal work, and that Celis believes "it is in Microsoft's self-interest to have both women and men in high ranking positions."
"Women have better communication skills and are less nerdy than men and because of this, Microsoft should be promoting women in order to have the most productive and effective work environment," he said.
"Nerdy" in the tech world, obviously, means savant smart while better "communication" skills means women are social, and so not tucked away writing game-changing (money-making) code.
"I don't see the need to differentiate."—U.S. Rep. DelBene
Asked about Celis' prescription for Microsoft to hire both "nerdy" men and "communication" savvy women, DelBene told Jolt: "We have highly technically skilled women, and I don't see the need to differentiate [between men and women] here. We should have equal pay for equal work. We have highly technically skilled women and they should have equal access and opportunities."