Donna-Rae Crooks - April 12, 2022
You earned it, babe! Just 4 months too late.
Hey extraordinary humans, what's up? Today I want to go on about the wage gap between genders here in Canada.
MDid you know that April 12, 2022 has special significance when it comes to your earning potential?
This is the day you have finally earned as much as your male counterpart did in 2021.
Don't adjust your touchscreen. You read that right.
Put another way, it took you 16 months to earn what a man in your industry earned in 12 months.
And, that's if you're a white, CIS woman.
All women aren't equal in the gender gap
The situation is worse for womxn and gender-diverse people who face multiple barriers like racism, ableism and homophobia.
- On average, women working full-time and part-time make 89 cents for every dollar men make.
- Every year, racialized women make 59.3% of what white men make.
- Women with disabilities make $2,250 less than men with disabilities.
- Newcomer women working full-time, full-year earn an average of 29% less than non-newcomer men.
What about motherhood?
Mothers face a motherhood penalty … at the same time men receive a fatherhood bonus. Men with children have experience and are responsible. Women with children miss work and are a liability.
This gap trails you over your whole life. Girls face a summer job gender pay gap, women leave post-secondary school with more loans to pay and lesser means to do so, and women retire with only about 80% of the pension men retire with.
So, what to do? Gah! If only we had the answers.
Unfortunately, this issue is complex, with a lot of levers. But there is one thing we an do - use our voices to advocate for ourselves.
One of the best ways to do this is by improving our negotiating skills.
Negotiate every day
A few years ago, I got to hear Deborah M. Kolb, professor emerita at Simmons College School of Management, speak on the power of negotiating as part of our daily interactions. It's not just about professional negotiating as an agent of a corporation; it's negotiating every day on behalf of ourselves.
I highly recommend checking out some of Deborah's work. I've included one of her videos below. Keep scroooolling.
You really need to check out Deborah, but here are the quick notes. The very first thing you need to do is recognize when you're in a negotiation. And that's pretty much all the time. From there, you prepare for your negotiation in terms of your positioning and theirs. What are the 5 good reasons they will have to say, "No." When you're ready for all the scenarios, initiate the actual negotiation. Next is navigating through the negotiation.
Have 267.6 years? That’s how long it will take to close the economic gender gap worldwide, if present trends continue. You can't wait for that. You can act now to improve your own station. Remember to ask for what you want in this life. You're the only one who can know what you want and go after it.
Much love humans, xo
Donna-Rae Crooks, Founder + CEO, Brain Snacks Co
Article credit : Donna-Rae Crooks, Founder + CEO, Brain Snacks Co, 2022
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