If you’re a woman working in today’s workforce, chances are you’ve been subjected to some kind of sexism and other gender-based discrimination. This means that most women probably aren’t earning the same money as their male counterparts. It’s not easy trying to get an equal foothold in your workplace. But it is possible – with a little extra effort! Here are some ways you can make sure sexism isn’t holding you back from getting the same pay as your male coworkers or colleagues:
Know What You’re Worth
The first step to getting paid the same as your male colleagues is to know what you’re worth. You can use salary calculators online to get an idea of what you could be earning right now if you have a job like the one you’re currently in. If you don’t have a job yet, you can use salary calculators online to get an idea of what you could be earning right now if you were to get a job like the one you’re currently looking for.
If you don’t know what you’re worth yet, or if you don’t know what you want your salary to be, these calculators can give you a solid starting point. Take a look at Asda where more than 45,000 workers could be owed compensation due to disparities in pay.
Ask For What You’re Worth
When you’re negotiating your salary, don’t be afraid to bring up how much you’re worth to your employers. You can do this in many ways, like by:
- – Asking your boss what your salary would have to be to be equal to your male coworkers.
- Asking your boss what they think your salary should be.
- Asking your boss what they would pay someone with your skills and experience.
- Asking your boss what they would have to offer a male coworker with your skills and experience.
- Asking your boss if they’d be willing to pay you the same salary a male coworker makes.
Talk To Your Coworkers About Pay
If you want to make sure that men and women are getting paid the same for their work, you’ll want to do some guerrilla pay equity work at work. You can do this by talking to your coworkers about the pay gap and how it affects them. You can do this by:
- Discussing how much you care about the pay equity issue at work.
- Suggesting ways your coworkers can help close the pay gap at work.
- Suggesting ways your coworkers can help each other close the pay equity gap.
Although it can feel like you’re fighting sexism in your workplace every day, it’s important to remember that it can be overcome with a little extra effort. If you want to make sure that you’re getting paid the same as your male coworkers, don’t be afraid to negotiate with your employer. Don’t accept binders, stand up for yourself when you feel discriminated against, and talk to your coworkers about closing the pay gap at work.
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