Equal Pay: Just Be Aggressive! Says the Critics

Yesterday was Equal Pay Day. It seems, in just about every conversation regarding the pay gap, someone suggests that women just aren’t as aggressive in seeking promotions and raises. It’s a rather annoying argument, because it plays into the stereotype of the nurturing, conflict avoidant Woman, and we all know that women aren’t a monolithic group. The only thing that women have in common is that we are given the label “woman.”

To answer this bogus argument, I decided to do something a little different, and created a photo essay. Enjoy!

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Note: Read the definition of the “Exceptional Woman.”

Also, you can pause the slideshow if it’s moving too fast for you. I couldn’t extend the time in between shots, sorry.

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About Brittany-Ann
Brittany-Ann is a proud, self-identified feminist with fictional tendencies. She currently writes for LouisvilleKY.com and moderates at My Fault I'm Female. She smokes camels, reads Dumas, and navigates a conservative state as "one of them darn liberals."

8 Responses to Equal Pay: Just Be Aggressive! Says the Critics

  1. RachelB says:

    Awesome! You do a very good skeptical eyebrow.

  2. In the annual review portion, you also need to ask specifically for additional compensation and a new job title commensurate with the additional responsibilities you have taken on. Guys do this. Then you’re (appropriately) aggressive.

    • Brittany-Ann says:

      Carlene,

      I have done this. But it’s irrelevant–I don’t want to get into a discussion of what I have and haven’t done. That’s not why I created this photo essay.

      • Sorry. No offense intended. I’m sure you also know that whatever women bring to the workplace, it’s valued less across cultures — so here, we’re too nurturing, and that’s not valued and that’s “why” we’re paid less; in Scandinavia, where the nurturing/mentor manager is the model, women are inadequately nurturing (!!) and get paid less; here, where most MDs are men, they’re highly paid; in Russia, where most MDs are women, they’re paid like glorified nurses. Not easily explained except by the obvious. Sometimes a rhinoceros really IS a rhinoceros.

        • Lindsay says:

          [I]n Scandinavia, where the nurturing/mentor manager is the model, women are inadequately nurturing (!!) and get paid less

          That’s hilarious.

  3. Lindsay says:

    Yay!

    I also love your facial expressions.

    (And, of course, when we women do act assertively, we’re unreasonable demanding bitches.)

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