This past week I have been fortunate enough to attend two very important women focused events. Tuesday i had the opportunity to attend a #worksmart work shop held by a Committee I am on at work. Not only was it super informative but it was also so eye opening. Us women really don't ask for what we want. Out of the 35 attendees at this workshop only a handful did any negotiating and most didn't negotiate at all in fear of push back. Why do we do this to ourselves? This is only part of the reason pay inequity and the gender gap is still an issue, but its important that we advocate for ourselves. Negotiating doesn't have to mean more money either, it could mean more/better benefits, flex time, sign on bonus, moving expenses, anything that you think could make your life easier. We need to stand up for ourselves
Wednesday, International Women's Day, I did not strike BUT I did attend a fabulous luncheon held in honor of three truly impressive women held by the International Institute of New England. Each women was such an inspiration, not only in their accomplishments but also the adversity they have faced. They are women who pushed forward in male dominated industries, having to go in through back doors to attend meetings held at men's clubs, being mistaken for the receptionist although she is a doctor (it really happened). All three of these women also came from immigrant families . International Women's Day is about more than just women, its about equality for everyone. One of the women told a story of how when she was little she didn't understand how people could tell she was Chinese because she assumed she had blonde hair and blue eyes like all of her peers, if children can see past differences and accept everyone why can't adults?
Stand up for one another, empower each other, support your peers (males and females alike) !