Diversity Woman Magazine

SUM 2017

Leadership and Executive Development for women of all races, cultures and backgrounds

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d i v e r s i t y w o m a n . c o m S u m m e r 2 0 1 7 D I V E R S I T Y W O M A N 7 I n 2016, Fox reprised the TV hit X-Files, fronted by David Duchovny (Agent Mulder) and Gillian Anderson (Agent Scully). Debuting in 1993, it took three years for Anderson to receive the same pay per episode as her costar Duchovny. The Ask is time around? Fox offered Ander- son half the rate it did Duchovny. So much for closing the pay equity gap. Last year, before filming began, Ander- son successfully negotiated for equal pay. Happy ending. Sort of. is story illus- trates the bind women in the workplace still find themselves in today. We are fre- quently offered lower pay than a man in an equivalent role, and in many cases we accept it as the cost of doing business. I know how hard it is to demand our worth. I am among the multitudes of women who have not negotiated for equal pay over the course of my career. I worried that I would appear too demand- ing or "shrill," or not regarded as a team player. I expected my work to speak for itself and didn't feel comfortable touting my accomplishments. As a result, according to the Institute for Women's Policy Research, in 2016 women earned only 82 cents for every dollar a man earned in the same posi- tion. At this rate, we will reach pay equity in 2059—and not until 2124 for African American women and 2248 for Hispanic women. I am here to tell you we have a say in the matter. Just like Gillian Anderson, Publisher's Page > It is incumbent upon us to stop merely being grateful for whatever is offered us and instead ask for what we are worth. we have learned the hard way that others might not give us what we know we de- serve. So it is incumbent upon us to stop merely being grateful for whatever is of- fered us and instead join Anderson and other women leaders in asking for what we are worth—and refusing to give up until we get pay equity. We have some tools to help you in this challenge. On page 25, our Accelerate de- partment provides a road map. In "Ask and Ye Shall Receive," we offer concrete tips on how to make that ask and get the pay you deserve. I know it's hard. But selling yourself— while staying authentic—is a skill that can be learned. It is an executive skill set we must possess if we are going to be suc- cessful in ensuring that all women, in all professions, achieve pay equity—and well before 2059. Dr. Sheila Robinson Publisher, Diversity Woman

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