Today is #LatinaEqualPay Day and our message needs to be heard loud and clear.
“A Latinx worker—who makes just 54 cents for every dollar paid to a non-Hispanic white man—has to work for nearly a full second year to receive the pay he took home in one. Let me repeat that: year after year, the average Latinx woman is getting only about half of the paycheck for the same amount of work.” READ MORE: https://bit.ly/2OrZgmy
I shared on my Instagram earlier today that when I first started my career as a journalist, I took what the company offered me. I didn’t even negotiate. I’m sure a lot of other Latinas can relate to this. Most of us come from families who don’t have a formal education. Being the first in my family to go to college makes it that much harder to know what questions to ask when it comes to making decisions about my career.
In my family we don’t talk about how to negotiate our salaries. I have found this to be very common amongst other Latinas who are also just starting out in their careers. Often times we feel like our employers are giving us an “opportunity” — like the company is doing us a favor. WRONG! Those companies owe us for our time, knowledge, and education.
Here is a great blog post from We All Grow Latina, where they share three tips on salary negation.
If you didn’t negotiate with your current job don’t worry! Do everything to educate yourself and learn what others are getting paid in your position and field.
BOOKS THAT WILL HELP YOU NEGOTIATE YOUR SALARY
The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance—What Women Should Know, purchase book here.
Negotiating at Work: Turn Small Wins into Big Gains, purchase book here.