As a female, I like to admit what we’re good at; we are strong, passionate, intelligent beings. Sometimes, I don’t think we get enough recognition for that. Specifically in the workforce. In recent studies, it was found that male executives earn 38% more than women. Seeing how strong our gender is, I take this as a challenge. 2016 is off to a strong start for our gender, from America’s first female presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, to the amazing Harriet Tubman being featured on the 20$ bill. Females are beginning to get the credit we deserve. Today, we have the ability to take advantage of the growing media coverage on gender discrimination, and to learn how to overcome it.
Women make up 47 percent of the workforce, yet earn about 75 percent of what the average male worker earns yearly.
To avoid this...
In the interview, don’t settle. Women are more likely to accept a lower salary for a starting job than their male counterpart. Your potential employer may expect you, being a female, to accept a lower salary. Challenge what they offer, even if you feel otherwise. You deserve more, and by taking initiative, you have a chance to be successful with your request.
Don’t assume any job is a only a man’s job. Studies found that women generally lose interest in math and science subjects as they advance in school, more so than males. This in no way reflects their intelligence, but the gender bias that is exacerbated in these particular subjects. Don’t sway from any subject/job just because people may assume it’s more in the male interest! You’ll most likely stand out, as being the female who ignored the gender border.
Already landed your dream job? Have you been at your job for at least 6 months and received positive reviews? Ask for a Raise. Along with women being more likely to accept a lower starting salary, they are also less likely to ask for a raise. LinkedIn studies found that only 27% of women had asked for a raise in their job, however about 84% received a raise when requested. Know your worth, because your employers are likely to know it as well.
“He” isn’t the only one in the office. In language, people generally use males as their subjects: “...he sent the office memo. He used Adobe Suite to create the file.” In your next meeting, notice how often a male is used as the subject, and challenge that by using female pronouns more often.
Is the term “sorry” all too familiar in your vocab? Quit it! In a 2010 study, it was found that men had a higher threshold for what they felt they needed to apologize for. AKA, females say sorry more than men. As a female, you may be apologizing for a problem at work, for a run-in on the sidewalk, for taking an extra few minutes when ordering off a menu… all before realizing why you’re saying sorry. Are you actually in the wrong? Start to think twice about this, especially at work. Don’t constantly apologize if it isn’t your wrong doing. Stay strong in your opinion/choices… odds are you’re probably right.
Adjustments, both large and small, can help for you to get that raise. Get that promotion. Become Manager, Director, CEO… Strong, passionate, intelligent humans deserve all of above, whether they follow the work day with a pedicure or Budweiser. Know your worth!