Why Women Earn Less, In Their Own Words
Ester Bloom

For a long time I wasn’t making as much as male colleagues essentially because I hadn’t asked for enough when I first started working at my company. Since our raises are based on percentages, rather than any sort of salary bands, that meant I was always a step or two behind them. I also kept falling prey to the notion that I should be a good soldier — when I was asked to take on extra work or particularly challenging projects, I did it without asking for anything in return. I think I’ve finally learned my lesson on that one; when I got asked to step in and cover our most troubled project last year I negotiated a 10% raise out of it.

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