Slay Your Pay: Closing the Wage Gap

By now you know that I love podcasts. One I never miss is Betch Slapped by The Betches. This is a weekly podcast by the Betches, three young women who decided to start a blog while students at Cornell  to share their musings on pop culture, politics, and everything in between. As their blog took off, they leveraged their following to build a mini-empire that includes a website, merchandise, two New York Times best selling books (“Nice is Just a Place in France” and “I Had a Nice Time & Other Lies”), and, of course, the podcast I religiously listen to every week. They are hilarious, irreverent, and totally not P.C., but this is part of their charm. The best thing about them is that they are using their platform to talk about something every woman should be thinking about: that pesky, stubborn pay gap.

Teaming up with U.K. beauty brand, Soap & Glory, the Betches have declared December “National Ask For A Raise Month” to encourage every woman to do her part in closing the wage gap. Typically, women are paid 80% of what men are paid, and it’s even worse for women of color. Some of this is due to factors and systemic barriers outside of any individual woman’s control. But I know many women who don’t ask for what they deserve, thinking that if they keep their heads down and work hard, their efforts will eventually be recognized. When I was starting out as an attorney, I was this girl. As a result, I went four years with only a single, minimal raise.

Some research shows that women ask for raises as much as men, but receive more push back when they do. Still, lobbying for yourself is always worth it, and you are definitely more likely to get that raise or promotion if you ask for it.  With end of the year reviews in full swing, it’s the perfect time to make your case and slay your pay.

You can share your #slayyourpay story with the Betches by e-mailing it to slapped@betches.com and possibly have it shared on their podcast. You can also always share your stories in the comments and help inspire other women to follow your lead!

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