Value Your Work, Take Responsibility and Speak Up

• Do your homework. Compare your skills and responsibilities to those of others in your workplace or industry. Research your employer, potential/other employers in your industry, and the local economy.
• Know what you’re worth in the marketplace and be prepared to justify fair pay in initial salary discussions for a new job, or in your annual job evaluation to negotiate for a raise.
• Consider your employer’s needs, and be able to articulate how your knowledge and skills will help meet those needs.
• Be proactive, speak up and deal directly with management whenever possible if you have a question or concern.
In addition to wages, take into account the employer’s entire compensation plan, including the value of benefits, bonuses, development opportunities, educational opportunities, retirement benefits, stock options and the quality of the working environment.

Negotiate for a Better Situation

According to research findings published by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) in 2007 and 2012, several factors contribute to the gender pay gap. When one controls for hours, occupation, educational attainment, college major, employment sector, and other pay-associated variables, about 1/3 of the gender pay gap remains to be explained. One potential contributor to the unexplained portion is gender discrimination – to which increasing numbers of EEOC unfair pay claims and experimental evidence of workplace biases attest. The other is a gender difference in willingness and ability to negotiate fair compensation.

Empower yourself by tapping negotiation skill-building resources!

  • Books: Ask your local library’s reference librarian for recommendations or do a search on the Internet. There are lots of lists of such books on the Web, so read the book summaries and see which best fit your learning style.

  • Tips: The Internet is also a great place to find tips from negotiation professionals. Don’t rely on just one site though. Get your advice from several sources. Here's a great place to start: downloadNegotiation Strategies for Women: Secrets to Success, for free from the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School.

  • Workshops and trainings: Campus and community career and job resource centers and libraries may conduct onsite trainings or post information about local workshops. Ask staff about opportunities and regularly check bulletin boards and social media. Increasingly women’s resource centers on college campuses are hosting workshops like $tart $mart. If you are a student, be sure to check there, too.

How does your hometown compare?

The gender wage gap persists across the country according to the most recent statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau. Not only do some states lag far behind, some alos have great disparities between contgressional districts. How does Colorado stack up against your original hometown or your sister’s city?

The Department of Labor Guide to Women's Equal Pay Rights

Learn more about your rights here.

An analysis of the numbers regarding the continuing issue of pay inequity in our state for women, and a conversation with Lynn Gangone, Dean of Colorado Women's College at the University of Denver.
Many women in Colorado are refusing pay increases. A closer look at why -- and a little-known snag in the law -- in this documentary by I-News at Rocky Mountain PBS.

Lilly Ledbetter: The Story Behind Her Equal Pay Fight

Ledbetter fought to ensure that women would not face inequity. In 2009, President Barack Obama made the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act the first piece of legislation he signed upon taking office.