Women make less than men for doing the same job. On average, 22 percent less. They also are less likely to ask for a raise.

While there is some evidence the pay gap is narrower in the tech sector, the gender imbalance is real, including at Microsoft, which last week reported that women make up 29 percent of its global workforce.

Presumably Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella considered these issues before he sat down for an interview with fellow Microsoft board member Maria Klawe at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, a high-profile annual event for leading women in tech.

Near the end of the interview, Klawe asked Nadella what advice he would give to women who aren’t comfortable asking for a raise.

His answer?

“It’s not really about asking for a raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will give you the right raise,” Nadella said.