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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

How Women Can Close The Wage Gap By Simply Asking For A Raise




I'm in many facebook groups with women with their own businesses and it makes me sad how apprehensive many of us are to charge people. It makes me think of how most women get paid less than men and it makes me angry. Yes, I understand the patriarch and how the system is for men, so that's why so many of us get paid less, but this same patriarch has made women think they should be silent about their worth in the workforce. 
Speak loud and proud and never be afraid to ask for a raise, a promotion, to ask a client to pay more because they add a service etc, etc. Once I realized I was conditioned to not know the worth of my work because I'm a woman and because I'm Black, I switched everything up. I was offered a certain amount of money for my job when I received a promotion and figured I'll ask for more in salary cause, why not, I already have the job, worst they can say is no. Guess who got what she asked for. It wasn't a lot to ask but it showed me that I have to demand what I want period. 
Ladies lets stop selling ourselves short, ask for raises, don't wait for them to be handed to you, don't expect people to hand anything to you because that's not how this world works at all! 
According to Forbes.com
Why don’t women earn as much as men? Sexism certainly plays a role, but studies have shown that the majority of women don’t negotiate for a higher salary. According to a 2015 survey by Glamour magazine, more than half, 57%, of women have never asked for a raise. That compares with 46% of men. Another study, conducted in March 2014 by Citigroup and LinkedIn, found that only 27% of women had asked for a raise in the last year. Overwhelmingly, those who asked, got more money. Of the group who requested more pay, 84% got it.
Here are three reasons women don't get a raise according to the Huffington post  

1. NOT asking and not feeling worthy

When President Kennedy signed the equal pay act in 1963, women earned 59 cents on the dollar compared to men. Now, we earn 81 cents on the dollar. We’ve come a long way, but still have a lot further to go. One of the first faux pas involves not feeling worthy. Guess what? Your hard work adds tremendous value — you are definitely entitled to a raise! You must ask for it, it’s that simple. If you don’t ask, you already know what your increase will be... nothing.     
2. We don’t show proof
Do homework to gather information and then schedule a meeting with your boss. Create a file containing your accomplishments in quantifiable terms and gather testimonials from colleagues. How much money have you saved the department? What processes have you streamlined? How many people do you manage and train? When you’re at the meeting, show, don’t tell.
3. Don’t ask for a specific amount
Show me the money! Search salary.com and meet with human resources. Ask if they will reveal your salary band and range for your title and statistics, like how performance ratings tied into last year’s salary increases. When you speak with your boss after demonstrating your worth, ask for a specific percentage increase and an anticipated effective date. Then send an email to recap.    What is your plan to get a raise? Let us know in the comments below! 

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By Naima "Queen" Muhammad is a 30 something from the Bronx, NY. She created Ms. Vixen to spread her thoughts on feminism, Black pride, it's the first stop on her quest to be a media mogul. 





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