Long gone are the days when a woman could only make it to the top by grinding her five-inch Manolo Blahnik into the back of a female co-worker. While there may still be a few Amanda Priestley’s roaming the hallways, a new breed of boss babes are coming together to support other women – in the workplace and in politics.
In fact, women are making noise in the workplace (think #MeToo). They are seeing the potential for a better working world, one that’s improved for all genders. In addition, they are stepping up and demanding that all women get noticed, get heard, get respected –and get paid.
So how can you help improve your career and workplace for the better? We’ve got some easy tips on how to change your work life one step at a time.
Boss Babe isn’t just a buzzword. It’s a website, a blog and an online community for female employees, managers and entrepreneurs. Women realized work could be a better place for when they started talking to each other and sharing experiences–the good and the bad. By creating communities, both online and in-person, women were able to see that their experiences weren’t just isolated incidents. In fact, women in all industries from manufacturing to retail to movie making were being looked over, ignored, and down right abused.
Get started: Organize a women’s event for your office or department. Get to know your female coworkers over drinks. This will foster communication and allow you to trust each other. (Of course, we think a spa party would be the perfect setting.)
A lot of managers claim the reason for the male-female wage gap is because men are more likely to ask for a raise than women. If you haven’t received a salary increase in a while and believe you deserve it, don’t be afraid to speak up. Schedule an appointment with your boss and come prepared with examples of projects you’ve led and improvements you’ve made to the company. Even if it doesn’t go your way this time, a raise is now on the table and in your boss’ brain. Plus it makes it easier to bring up the conversation in the future.
Encourage your male coworkers to participate in your quest for equality – and ask for their support. If they notice that you were talked over in a meeting, ask them to speak up and redirect the conversation back to you. And find out if they feel comfortable revealing their salary. Ultimately having your male coworkers on your side will help improve the office for everyone.
Abolish Imposter Syndrome
If you feel unsure about yourself and your abilities, don’t! You got your job or started your business based on your talents and skills. If you are feeling insecure, that is imposter syndrome: your brain telling you that you don’t deserve what you have. Unsurprisingly, it affects women way more than men. So channel your inner Wonder Woman and push those thoughts aside. You deserve it.
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