Dozens of women protest sexism at Microsoft

Dozens of women protest sexism at Microsoft
Photo credit: Getty

A large group of Microsoft employees has met with CEO Satya Nadella to protest the company's treatment of women including discrimination and sexual harassment, according to reports by Quartz and Wired.

The meeting was sparked by a March 20 email chain that quickly snowballed into more than 90 pages of emails written by members of a distribution list for female employees viewed by both publications.

The original email was written by a woman seeking advice on how to gain a promotion, something she was unable to do after years of trying, despite the support of her manager, manager's manager, and other employees, according to Quartz and Wired.

The email chain quickly broadened in scope as dozens of other women at Microsoft shared their own concerns and run-ins with discrimination and sexual harassment.

One woman, who once worked on the Xbox team, talked about how frequently women in the company were called a "bitch".

Wired reported that 100 to 150 employees attending a question and answer session in person with Nadella on Thursday, while others watched via a livestream.

Both and Nadella and chief people officer Kathleen Hogan promised additional transparency around advancement within Microsoft, according to a Wired.

"This thread has pulled the scab off a festering wound," Quartz reported, one employee wrote.

"The collective anger and frustration is palpable. A wide audience is now listening. And you know what? I'm good with that."

The meeting comes as the broader gaming industry continues to wrestle with issues of toxic workplaces, sexism, and unstable work environments.