My first job out of school I was offered what I asked for. A few weeks into the job I asked my male cohorts what they were getting paid. They were all making about 15% more than me. Emboldened, the next year I asked for and received a 20% raise. In my case, at least, it was because I'd undervalued myself. I've wondered if assertiveness in salary negotiation is a contributing factor with the wage gap. Either way, the gap certainly statistically exists.
Antigone's point is interesting. i certainly have no clue how to negotiate salary or raises at all, and my discomfort discussing money or valuing myself is one of my most classically feminine traits.but i've always worked in education, where salaries are preset, or in crappy service jobs. :)either way, wow.
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