On Tuesday night, President Obama delivered his 2015 State of the Union address. The State of the Union is an annual address given to a joint session of the Congress, including Supreme Court Justices (the ones who decide to show up) and almost all of the members of the president’s cabinet (minus the “designated survivor”). It contains a report on the condition of the country and outlines the president’s legislative agenda for that year. Every major news outlet and political website has been fact-checking and analyzing the President’s address, so I’ll leave sifting through the 6,000 plus word speech to them. The part of the address that really stood out to me was the President's remarks on the pay gap between men and women.
Did you know that women make up nearly half of the workforce but they still make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns? And according to the National Organization for Women, the gap is even wider for women of color. In comparison to a white, non-Hispanic man’s dollar, African American women earn only 64 cents and Latinas just 55 cents. Unacceptable! Bossy gals know they deserve to make the exact same amount, if not more, than men do for the same work. Which brings me to an important rule: Bossy gals negotiate their pay.
I’m always surprised at how many smart and accomplished women around me have failed to negotiate their pay when accepting a job offer. A job offer is just that, an offer. A bossy gal knows that everything is negotiable. She does her research by diligently scouring websites such as GlassDoor and PayScale, knows her market value, and pushes for what she knows she deserves. And once she’s negotiated her salary, a bossy gal negotiates other benefits. These could include, an earlier annual review, flex-scheduling and telecommuting, professional development courses, a better title, transportation reimbursement, guaranteed severance package, and/or additional vacation time.
Bossy gals do their homework, negotiate like a boss, never take no for an answer, and know they damn well don’t deserve 77 cents, 64 cents, and especially not 55 cents for every dollar a man earns.