This theme has started cropping up when I speak to women’s groups and in conversations generally with people in transitions. Having “leaned in” and forged ahead in one’s career, women in particular are asking “Now what? What do I want…
It is International Women’s Day, a holiday that always reminds me of my time in the former Soviet Union in the early 1990’s when women were showered with daffodils and chocolates for putting up with pretty dreadful conditions at home and at work.
Many years later I think one of the biggest issues for working women is pay equality. Are you being comparably to your male peers? What’s your proof? Put the burden of proof on your employer. Ask for evidence that women and men are being paid comparably at your company. Names can be redacted. Ask for detail on length of time in position and experience.
One organization I know was convinced men and women were being paid equally until someone asked to see the same data broken down by years of experience. Turned out the men were being promoted much faster than the women, but were being paid equally although they had less experience. What’s your gap?