so here we are again on equal pay day, raising awareness about equal pay in the US. for me, it’s not only about getting equal pay for women, it’s about getting equal pay for minorities, disabled, and everyone in between (here’s a look at what the pay gap currently looks like) it’s about raising everyone up in a collaborative and awareness driven initiative. in fact, I’m under the belief that it’s up to each one of us to promote equal pay for ourselves and for others if we expect any sort of improvement. here’s what we can do to improve the equal pay issue for everyone:
- always #askformore – don’t be afraid to negotiate a raise, higher salary, or increased equity when given the chance. the worst thing that could happen is they say no
- encourage everyone else to #askformore as well – pass on your equal pay stories and encouragements to friends, siblings, and colleagues
- track your own salary and pay – know what you earn, know how it measures up
- ask for more in other ways – nervous or forgetful about asking for more? start practivcing to ask for more in other places like when you check into a hotel or when you get something for free
- if you’re a manager, consider your own biases and adjust
the more we all ask for more, the more educated we are on the topic, the more knowledgeable we all become. and as our bosses become more aware of the issue, they too, may begin to look into their own biases and trepidations. equal pay is not an issue that is addressed, fixed, and then marked as “resolved”. it is an ongoing effort to make things more transparent and fair for everyone. as most of us know, equal pay is not a US only problem, it spans the world and varies in impact.
even though I think it will be a long time until there feels like we’ve made a positive impact on equal pay (the history of equal pay), let’s all do our part and participate. only with the collaborative effort of many can we begin to alter unequal pay.