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Women in the Workplace : How to Ensure Your Salary is Fair

– Posted in: Career, Finance For Women


When it comes to earning, women are still fighting the same fight that began so long ago….equal pay for equal work. Unfortunately, the country has not caught up despite plenty of politically correct statements from politicians and leaders. Laws are in place, but perceptions are still skewed. Many still think that a women in the workplace should make less than a man and no amount of laws will change that. That said, there are some things that we can do as women to help ensure we get a fair wage.

Best Practices for Women in the workplace to ensure equal treatment of work place  rights and gender equality

Here are some key tips:

Know what you are worth

The biggest reason that we make less as women is because many of us don’t know what we are worth. Having the knowledge is the biggest key to making sure you are fairly compensated. If the median income for a position is 35k and you are making 32k, you should be asking someone why you are making less. You can’t do that if you don’t know what your job is worth.

Speak up when you are wronged

Being feeble and silent went out a very long time ago ladies. You have to gain a voice and use it with regularity when you are being taken advantage of. There are reasons why laws are on the books and it is up to you to enforce them. Know what your rights are and demand them when you have to. Nobody will hold that against you and if they do, they can be made to pay. There is nothing wrong with strength.

That said, step back from being a loud mouth. Some women (and men) simply complain and demand special treatment. That is not what is being discussed here. Demand fairness and stand up for what you know to be right. That is just being strong.

Help others to get equal pay as well

The best way we can change the way things are is to band together. Women trying to go it alone will not do. We need to look after one another, speak up for one another and get involved in things that affect our pay. It is no longer enough to simply look out for ourselves…we have to go further.

Take some risks

As a woman, it is very easy to get painted into a corner and limited. We even tend to do that to ourselves on occasion because it is what society is used to. We toil along in a job for months or even years and suddenly we have not advanced or gotten any raises. Time flies when you are working a regular job and it is easy to fade into the background. Commit to never being in the background.

To ensure best possible treatment for women in the workplace,  try your best to stay in the front of your superior’s mind. When a promotion comes up, ask for consideration. When you know of no promotions, ask how you can best prepare for the next one. Never be stagnant and satisfied. Always be looking for a better deal and don’t be afraid to ask for consideration.


26 Comments… add one
Diana @ NannyToMommy January 31, 2014, 12:16 pm

Great points! Sometimes as a stay-at-home I feel I am valued less than what I feel I am worth. So whenever I feel this way, I just stop ironing my Hubby’s shirts, then he’s reminded of all that I do. 😉

Vinma January 31, 2014, 12:17 pm

Diana! lol, I do the same thing.. I just take a break if I don’t feel like I am not valued enough..I guess pausing once in a while is really necessary to get your perspectives straight. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Krystal January 31, 2014, 12:16 pm

Nice reminders for women who work outside the home. As a working mom, I struggle to really have it all together. Thanks for the tips!

Vinma January 31, 2014, 12:18 pm

Thanks Krystal! It IS a struggle to keep it altogether, isn’t it? …:)

Debra January 31, 2014, 1:28 pm

All great points and tips to remember for any woman in the workplace. Our biggest challenge is for us to remember and to reinforce to others our worth and that we are just as valuable as our male counterparts!

Anne | The Chef's Wife January 31, 2014, 10:15 pm

Really great tips! I hope that the tide turns on this … it really should be equal between men and women.

Kimber January 31, 2014, 11:11 pm

Great points. You definitely need to be your own advocate in the world today. There are lots of great jobs and great companies out there, but no one will look out for you as well as yourself!

Ashley Wintters February 1, 2014, 12:40 am

Good points. It is hard to step back and realize what you are worth when you are so used to doing it for a certain amount.

Robin (Masshole Mommy) February 1, 2014, 7:34 am

This is a fantastic article. I stay at home and sometimes I really feel under-valued. Someday when I am back out in the work force, I will have to rememeber these tips.

Michele February 1, 2014, 9:01 am

Equal Pay for Equal Work has never been a reality for me. I have seen men come in and do the exact same job (and not as well) but get more pay. Yes, I did mention it to a boss once-I was told but he has a family? So do a lot of woman out there!! And hey–I support myself-I may have no children but I don’t have a husband either!! There is still a major misconception about Men being the breadwinners–these days many Woman are too.

Slap Dash Mom February 1, 2014, 10:59 am

I love every single point made in this article! Seriously. Spot on.

Terry February 1, 2014, 12:06 pm

If you do a job and and it is the same work a man would do…. you should get paid the same as a man. Banding together is a great idea…

Nikki February 1, 2014, 1:13 pm

These are great tips for women getting back into the workforce, or even those that have been there a long time. I think it’s crazy how women are still undervalued.

Amber Nelson February 1, 2014, 2:38 pm

Those are all great tips. We are all equal and often times do work harder than men!

becca February 1, 2014, 4:56 pm

this article is so spot on and i really liked what Diana @ NannyToMommy had to say too funny

Rosey February 1, 2014, 10:20 pm

I love the tip of reaching out to others to ensure all are giving equality. Making it bigger than just you is a great way to offer and receive support.

Mel Cole February 1, 2014, 11:12 pm

Good luck to all women speaking up to have their salary paid fair. 🙂

Tess February 1, 2014, 11:29 pm

Never understand why things are different. Everything should be equal.

Onica {MommyFactor} February 2, 2014, 10:16 am

I def thinking taking a few risks and speaking up more will help women earn more in the work place. So many women are afraid to do these things and it’s hold them back.

Maria February 2, 2014, 10:31 am

For me,the pay is the same. But for others I know it is different and it isnt fair.

Lawna February 2, 2014, 2:55 pm

It’s sad that in this day and age we still have to worry about things like this but the sad reality is that we do. These are some great tips.

Amy February 2, 2014, 5:10 pm

I know when I worked retail – I really think that pay was based off of gender then qualifications. I know when I was in management, I was paid no where comparable to other managers… but had more expected of me. Thankfully I am no longer working there

Mina Slater February 2, 2014, 7:20 pm

I’m a stay at home gal now but I’m so thankful I never had this issue when I was out in the work force! These are really great tips. As women we have to look out for ourselves and know what to look for & what to do when something isn’t right.

Amanda Love February 2, 2014, 7:51 pm

It’s funny that in this day and age we’re still fighting for equality when it comes to wages etc. Great tips though!

Aisha Kristine Chong February 2, 2014, 9:45 pm

I definitely agree to the list – we women should not be afraid to speak out if we are being wronged and speak if we know something – about our worth and all that. Plus, risks are all important in its own way too.

Eliz Frank February 2, 2014, 10:55 pm

If we don’t promote ourselves and speak up, we wont get what we deserve money wise… More courage is key for us women…

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