On the Pay Gap

As a member of the so-called “Millennial generation” I am among the group of young females entering the workforce for the past decade. Although we are only starting our careers, studies show we are better educated than our mothers and grandmothers—and even some of our young male counterparts are now. But when we look ahead, we see roadblocks to our success. We believe that women are paid less than men for doing the same job. We also think it’s easier for men to get top executive jobs than it is for women. Lastly we assume that if we have children one day, it will be harder for us to advance in our careers and balance both family and work.

All of these might be true, in fact there is also substantial information and statistics to back up the multifaceted factors that influence this pay disparity between women and men which include but are not limited to; gender stereotypes, discrimination, professional networks that are more robust for men than for women, and lastly hesitancy on the part of women to aggressively negotiate for raises and promotions.

I am choosing to focus on one thing we can change. Our ability to successfully and aggressively negotiate on behalf of ourselves for the promotion and raises we deserve. It all starts with self-worth. We need to believe we are worthy of the money we make and deserve the amount we are being paid for our work and time. So you want a raise? First research what a person in your position commonly makes. In your position, you want to be sharing goals and asking for feedback while actively communicating wins to show your value along the way. Next, take on more responsibility of the raise you want! Meaning, provide worth and reason for your manager or boss to pay you more. When you are presenting your case to your boss or manager, focus on why you DESERVE the raise not why you need it. Do

not state that your current salary does not cover your rent and bills. Instead, focus on why you should be paid more for the work you do and your performance in your position. Lastly, practice your pitch and anticipate questions! Be prepared to hear “no”. The worst thing

they can say is no, and if you try you’ll learn to advocate for yourself and understand and appreciate your worth. Remember, “ask and you shall receive”. #equalpay #womensequalpay


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