Here’s What Happened When We Asked Elon Musk About Equal Pay For Women

Elon Musk is considering reviewing employee salaries at SpaceX to ensure that women and men are paid fairly, the chief executive and founder said at a dinner at a private residence in Beverly Hills last Thursday.

Dubbed The Dinner for Equality and co-hosted by actress Patricia Arquette and Marc Benioff, chief executive of the software company Salesforce, the event brought together women’s activists, chief executives and some Hollywood A-listers to discuss how to advance the cause for women’s rights at both the policy and corporate level.

The pay gap between men and women has drawn renewed attention in the business world over the past year or so, particularly since Benioff announced publicly last year that he would audit employee salaries and then spent $3 million to correct the internal gap at Salesforce.

“It is scary for a CEO” to look at pay by gender, Benioff told attendees. You’re not sure what you’re going to find, he said. “It can go sideways fast.”

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