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Sick of Earning Less than Your Male Counterparts?

Learn how to bridge the gender wage gap

Before we start talking about how women can start bridging the pay gap, it’s important to understand why men earn more. 

As a headhunter who has been in the industry for over 22 years, I believe the explanation is simple. There are a number of theories and factors –such as experience – at play when considering how much someone makes. But for women, the pay gap doesn’t start as they progress in their careers and gain more experience; it exists from day one of working life. The simple explanation for this phenomenon is that men ask for raises more often than women.

If you’re looking to bridge the pay gap within your own company, there are some steps you can take to encourage your staff members to be proactive about asking for higher salaries at regular intervals throughout their careers: train managers on how best to handle salary negotiations and create an environment where pay is openly discussed.

Last year, a study by Lean In and McKinsey & Company found that women are less likely to ask for pay raises than men because they don’t want to come across as pushy or overbearing. The most telling statistic from the report revealed that while seven out of ten male employees have asked for a raise at some point in their careers, only six out of ten females did the same. So, if men are getting paid more simply because they are asking for more money, this means that if women start overcoming the fear of being perceived as pushy or overbearing, then the gap can start to shrink.

The question here is: why are women less likely to demand a pay raise? 

What is it that makes women less likely to ask for what they want? It simply boils down to self-confidence and finding their own voice. As a life coach, I can safely say that women generally have less self-worth and self-confidence then men – and that results in asking for less. Women are more likely to wait to be promoted than ask for a promotion and are more likely to wait for a pay raise than ask for it. On the other hand, men are far more likely to ask for more and say that they need more. 

What can women do to get paid more?

  1. Ask for the pay raise. This sounds simple, but can actually cause anxiety for a lot of women. A way to get over this could be to e-mail a request to HR or your hiring manager. 
  2. Speak to your line manager. Ask what needs to be done in your appraisal to be in line for the next promotion or pay raise – that way, you are paving the way to bridging the gap. 
  3. Use your voice more. Start speaking up in different areas in your life so that you can start feeling more comfortable asking for what you want at work. The more you use your voice and stick up for yourself, the more likely you are to ask for what you want. 

As a group, us women need to encourage each other to speak up. Rather than putting each other down, we should start building each other up and supporting each other’s businesses and work. We are all responsible for creating this change and it starts with you, me, and us. If I can build confidence in myself and voice my needs and desires, then I can help other women do the sameat work. Be the bold change that we all want to create. Go out there and voice what you want and ask for the money you deserve!


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50 Empowerment Quotes for Women

Empowerment is a choice.

It can be easy to feel overwhelmed or disheartened by the challenges we face in the world. But it’s important to remember that we all have the power to make a difference, starting with ourselves. Empowerment means taking control of your own life and making choices that are right for you, regardless of what others may think. It also means taking care of yourself and valuing your own needs.

And sometimes, we all need a little extra motivation to keep going. That’s where empowering quotes can come in handy. These words of wisdom can serve as a reminder that we have the strength and resilience to overcome any obstacle. Whether you’re feeling down or just need a boost of inspiration, these words can help remind you of your own inner power and potential. So don’t let the world get you down – take control of your own life and start empowering yourself today!

Let these 50 quotes unleash the power inside you and help you take control of your own life:

  1. “Be a first-rate version of yourself, not a second-rate version of someone else.” – Judy Garland
  2. “What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” Jane Goodall
  3. “You need to find the power within to make things happen for yourself. When you realise this, you are unstoppable.” – Christina Aguilera
  4. “We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already.” – J.K. Rowling
  5. “This is your moment. Own it.” – Oprah Winfrey
  6. “Courage is like a muscle. We strengthen it with use.” – Ruth Gordon
  7. “Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness.” – Oprah Winfrey
  8. “The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before.” – Francis Phillip Wernig
  9. “Whatever the problem, be part of the solution. Don’t just sit around raising questions and pointing out obstacles.” – Tina Fey
  10. “You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.” – Stephen King
  1. “There are two ways of spreading light. To be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” – Edith Wharton
  2. “Don’t be afraid to speak up for yourself. Keep fighting for your dreams.” – Gabby Douglas
  3. “A woman with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman.” – Melinda Gates
  4. “You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose, and to do it courageously.” – Steve Maraboli
  5. “The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” – Coco Channel
  6. “Nothing liberates our greatness like the desire to help, the desire to serve.”– Marianne Williamson
  7. “Believe in your infinite potential. Your only limitations are those you set upon yourself.” – Roy T. Bennett
  8. “It’s possible to climb to the top without stomping on other people.” – Taylor Swift
  9. “A feminist is anyone who recognises the equality and full humanity of women and men.” – Gloria Steinem
  10. “Everything is within your power, and your power is within you.” – Janice Trachtman
  1. “Never let anyone try and make you into something that you’re not. Remember what it is that you want, and always stay strong in that.” Abigail Breslin
  2. “No woman should be told she can’t make decisions about her own body. When women’s rights are under attack, we fight back.” – Kamala Harris
  3. “Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.” – Ella Fitzgerald
  4. “Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent, guts. That’s what little girls are made of; the heck with sugar and spice.” – Bethany Hamilton
  5. “Don’t look at your feet to see if you are doing it right. Just dance.” – Anne Lamott
  6. “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” – Mae West
  7. “Life has got all those twists and turns. You’ve got to hold on tight and off you go.” – Nicole Kidman
  8. “The difference between successful people and others is how long they spend time feeling sorry for themselves.” – Barbara Corcoran
  9. “You deserve to be here. You deserve to exist. You deserve to take up space in this world of men.” – Mackenzi Lee
  10. “Power is not given to you. You have to take it.” – Beyonce
  1. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Eleanor Roosevelt
  2. “The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain!” – Dolly Parton
  3. “A smile is the best makeup; a girl can wear.” – Marilyn Monroe
  4. “Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” Nora Ephron
  5. “Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.” – Rumi 
  6. “You have what it takes to be a victorious, independent, fearless woman.” ­– Tyra Banks
  7. “If you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.” – Erica Jong
  8. “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas A. Edison
  9. “Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.” – Julia Child
  10. “We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated.” – Maya Angelou
  1. “Dreams are made of your potential.” – Lilly Singh
  2. “Each time a woman stands up for herself, she stands up for all women.” Maya Angelou 
  3. “Grow through what you go through.” – Anonymous
  4. “Never be ashamed of what you feel. You have the right to feel any emotion that you want, and to do what makes you happy. That’s my life motto.” – Demi Lovato
  5. “Every woman’s success should be an inspiration to another. We’re strongest when we cheer each other on.” – Serena Williams 
  6. “The price we pay for being ourselves is worth it.” – Eartha Kitt
  7. “If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.” – Dolly Parton
  8. “I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself.” Emma Stone
  9. “Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  10. “The smiling face of every little girl is the signature of God’s presence.” – Amit Ray

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