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.
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.