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Striving for gender equality in Silicon Valley

Pay gap between men and women receiving fresh scrutiny; many firms trying to fix problem but none are likely to bridge salary disparity on their own

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Ms Robbins (above), after her promotion, made the claim that women were probably being paid less than men at Salesforce. Wanting to see the numbers himself, Mr Benioff commissioned a review of all 16,000 salaries at the company.

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Ms Robbins, after her promotion, made the claim that women were probably being paid less than men at Salesforce. Wanting to see the numbers himself, Mr Benioff (above) commissioned a review of all 16,000 salaries at the company.

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MARC Benioff, co-founder and chief executive of Salesforce, was riding high a couple of years ago. His cloud software company had weathered the financial crisis; revenue was up; and the stock was at a record high.

But as Mr Benioff pondered his company's evolution, he had

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