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Ask more. Be more assertive. Be confident. Advice that every woman receives, that just DOES.NOT.WORK at work

I don’t know if it’s got anything to do with the new year, but there’s been a pile of “helpful advice” articles of late on what women should do to get what they (presumably) need in terms of their pay, position and profile.  Build relationships and get a male mentor.  Learn to sing your own praises. Be more of this, less of that.

The problem is, as much as we try to fix the women, very little is being done to fix the work places that are still operating in an old world paradigm that just isn’t attractive to women (and many men too).  I’ve written about this before.

So what if you’ve been following all the advice, sticking your neck out, putting in the effort… and nothing seems to work?  Turns out, you’re not alone.

Feministing reported this week that – according to a new Catalyst study – women do ask, but they don’t get. At least, not at the same rates as men do. So maybe it’s not that you have to ask more, or for more, but that you need to find a workplace where you’ll be valued for who you are and what you bring to the table.

Question is: do these workplaces exist?

Your thoughts?



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