More women are becoming leaders in the workplace. But, many are debating the value of their pay.
“The number of women over 60 living in poverty in Connecticut is increasing – that would change if they have better wages throughout their lifetime," said Fran Pastore, President & CEO of Womens Business Council Development.
It's this week's hot issue. Tuesday marked equal pay day, the day highlighting how far into the new year an average woman must work to accumulate a male's salary.
And, later in the week, Senate Democrats plan to unveil the Paycheck Fairness Act.
“Women are more than 50 percent of the population and when we don’t treat 50 percent of the population fairly with economics we’re leaving behind what could be 50 percent of the growth in the economy," continued Pastore.
"How often do your clients face discrimination in the workplace?"
“Everyday," said Pastore. “I can tell you at WBDC have left the corporate sector because they’ve hit the glass ceiling and their tired of it. And, starting your own business is a way to level the playing field on your own terms.”
But, some also say woman are just not as aggressive as men in the workplace. Men are more likely to ask for more money and better benefits. So, I decided to meet with a career coach to get some tips on negotiating a salary.
“And, also part of the process is understanding your communication style and the person you’re interacting with and how to reach out to them," said Doug Campbell.
Campbell says by understanding employer's personal traits, you can find greater success in securing your needs.
“I mean, remember, if someone has spent the time and energy to get there, you know they’ve interviewed you you probably met a lot of people in the company. So, I do think you have the right to ask for more and stretch them a little more," said Campbell, "I think women many times you can drive a better bargain today. “