April 2nd is Equal Pay Day for Women. We know that all women do not make the same for some of the same jobs--but if we keep negotiating and asking, our hope is to get closer to dismantling the wage gap. Recently, Payscale.com released a report and the discrepancy in pay as it pertains to women of color was simultaneously heartbreaking yet not not surprising. Check out their comprehensive report here.
Black Women’s Equal Pay Day is Tuesday, August 7th.
The day represents the number of extra days a black woman would have to work to earn what the average white man makes.
While black women are obtaining degrees at higher rates than other demographics, their take home pay doesn't match their ambition -- making only 63 cents for every dollar made by the average white male (all women make 80 cents on average).
Recognizing the well-documented reasons why women often fail to negotiate – after having been guilty of a few myself – I continue to seek resources to mitigate my fear of negotiating. The best resource I have found to date: female mentors. Due in no small part to my mentors, I have been able to embrace my role in correcting these negotiation-failure trends early in my career. I’d like to share the following story with you as an example of how you, too, can empower and support your fellow female professionals.
Earlier this summer, I wrote What Do You Have To Lose? Many of you reached out directly to let me know that the article resonated (it even encouraged some of you to pick up and move to a new city!).
Sometimes we need a little push or some encouragement to help us cross the finish line. We were never meant to crush our career goals alone--we need a community to root us on!
By definition, the word *invisible* means unable to be seen, or not visible to the eye.
As a black woman in the workplace, there have been times I have been made to feel invisible. Growing up, so many of us are told we need to work twice as hard to get half as much.
When I heard this 80 cents number thrown around (research has suggested that women make an average of 80 cents for every dollar a white male makes), I was upset. The more I heard it, though, the more infuriated I became, because it doesn't tell the whole story: this number does not take into account that the average for women of color is often much lower! Women of color need to be included in the salary gap conversation. Point, blank, period!
Today has been designated as **[Black Women’s Equal Pay Day]**. The wage gap is a persistent issues that harms women, the ones they lov
Have you ever been afraid to ask for something? Maybe it was a small thing: like borrowing a cup of sugar from a neighbor, or asking a friend to take you to the airport. I hate asking other people for things. Unless I absolutely need something, I won’t ask (and even then, I’d still lean towards not asking).
Then one day, I found out you could (and should) ask for more at work. This, of course, can go two ways: 1) Ask for more work and responsibility, or 2) Ask for more money. Have you tried either one?