Ladies Get Paid: It’s Time for a Raise

Remember when you realized your male coworker got paid more for doing the same work as you? Or that time your boss smacked your ass? When you were too afraid of either losing your job or appearing “crazy” to speak up?

It’s 2017. The gender pay gap still exists. Sexism still persists. Sexual assault in the workplace occurs regularly. When will this end?

More often than not, women are hired based on proven skill, whereas men are hired on potential. Women make up over half of the American population, yet we rarely see them in leadership roles. In fact, it will take until 2085 to see parity with men in leadership positions in the United States.

Additionally, while white women only make 78 cents to the dollar, women of color have it even worse. Black women only make 60 cents to a man’s dollar and Hispanic women 55 cents. Women of color only hold 3.2% of the board seats at Fortune 500 companies. The gender disparity within United States government is even more glaring, and has gotten even worse under Donald Trump. To top it all off, only 19% of women were given a raise when they asked, compared to 33% of men. #FuckTheWageGap.

Claire Wasserman, founder of Ladies Get Paid, is seeking to change these embarrassing statistics by empowering, encouraging, and educating women on how to advocate for themselves within the workforce. It’s time for women to recognize their value.

The overarching goal of this New York City-based organization is to “help women advocate for themselves at work” through community-based advocacy. This pay gap and blatant discrimination have Claire pissed, and you should be too.

(Photo by Miranda Morgan / Ladies Get Paid)

The team at Ladies Get Paid provides a platform for women’s voices to be heard – offering education on how to succeed, help with employment opportunities, and a private Slack channel where ladies can share both stories and advice. Ladies Get Paid also helps women find new job opportunities, start their own businesses, and navigate those tough conversations about pay raises.

Essentially, they are our #sheros.

These conversations start with individuals and travel to the events held by Ladies Get Paid, where women are free to honestly discuss their questions and concerns regarding being a woman in the American workplace. This year, San Francisco had a town hall to address these qualms. There were five key takeaways about salaries:

  1. Don’t be afraid to openly discuss salaries with friends, relatives, and male coworkers. Men are typically open about their salaries, and you can use this information to determine what you should be worth in your company. But don’t solely base your monetary worth off of a male coworker’s salary. Aim high!
  2. When you are negotiating your salary, always increase your goal by at least 20%. Most companies allow for this wiggle room with salary negotiations, so get paid what you are worth.
  3. Apply for other jobs every year or two. This is a great way to keep your interviewing skills up to date as well as to see what the salary options are at other companies and organizations.
  4. Don’t be afraid to ask for more. If you work at an organization long enough and more duties are thrown upon you, then ask for a raise. Don’t work harder for less money. You are worth so much more.
  5. Advocate for both yourself and others. Because the only way to succeed in closing the pay gap is if you lift each other up.

Remember, this is an ongoing fight, so keeping going even when it gets tough, and “stay lit so others can see your fire, and spread it.” Most importantly, don’t hold back your anger.

These women at Ladies Get Paid are giving less fucks and angry as hell, so don’t bother stepping aside; they are bulldozing their way through. Claire Wasserman and her band of badass ladies are changing the world, one raise at a time.

To learn more about Ladies Get Paid, visit their website here and follow them on Twitter/Instagram at @ladiesgetpaid. Attend their events, watch their webinars, and even become an ambassador – it’s free!

Proud millennial, D.C. resident, and a firm believer in equity for all
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