how to... NEGOTIATE A HIGHER SALARY
The stat is so appalling, it’s almost hard to believe: In North America, women only make 78 to 87 cents on the dollar compared to men. Even highpowered movie stars have fallen victim to the wage gap: Jennifer Lawrence was famously paid less than her male colleagues for her Oscar-nominated turn in American Hustle. (When asked why, studio head Amy Pascal implied that Lawrence simply didn’t negotiate.) That story has a happy ending, though: The starlet wangled $20 million for her role in the upcoming film Passengers opposite Chris Pratt, who will be making $12 million. Take your cues from J. Law with these strategies to take salary discussions to a whole new level.
KNOW YOUR WORTH.
In order to attain pay parity, it’s important to know what others are raking in. Pittsburgh-based software designer Lauren Voswinkel started the hashtag #talkpay on Twitter to draw attention to salary inequality in the tech world. The hashtag, which started trending on May 1 ( International Workers’ Day) and is still being used today, encourages people to share their experiences, job titles and annual salaries— with the hope that transparency will help women negotiate more effectively and destroy the false notions around discussing pay: namely, that it’s rude or even illegal. (It’s not.) The hashtag has garnered thousands of responses in addition to significant media coverage. But #talkpay isn’t the only way to check out what your peers are making. Websites like Salary Wizard Canada ( salary. com), Glassdoor (glassdoor.ca) and even the Ontario government site (fin.gov.on.ca) list salaries, so you can arm yourself with as much information as possible. h