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I yell at women about money and you should, too

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Women Yelling

 

Shouting with a megaphone

A few weeks ago before heading out I was settling in the new babysitter — a beautiful, sweet and academically brilliant 17-year-old.  “Your mom said you usually charge $10 per hour — does that work for you?” I said.

“Yes, or $8 is fine, too,” she said.

“Never suggest less!” I admonished. “When someone says ‘$10,’ you say ‘$12.’”

I find myself yelling at women about money all the time. I learned a lot about money from own mom, (One nugget: “Always negotiate. Otherwise they won’t respect you.”) a 1970s feminist who also often said, “Women are women’s worst enemy.” Interpret that as you will, but I take it to say that if women aren’t earning as much as men, it’s because (at least in large part) collectively women don’t do enough to further the cause of equal pay. Poke holes in that all you want, but when a promising young woman instinctively suggests fees lower than offered, we have work to do.

Tons of progress has been made in promoting women in education, business, government and pay. Plenty of legislation, research and programs. Yay! But advocacy also happens in little, everyday conversations — conversations we have been conditioned to avoid. Convention tells us it is impolite to a) talk money, and b) tell others their business. Guess what else is convention: Women earning less than men.

Which is why I say you should start yelling. Yell because you care about the women in your life and you want them to succeed and be financially successful. Yell also because you want all women to be financially successful. Because what is good for me is good for you is good for her is good for them. And by “them,” I mean women and people everywhere.

A few more recent examples from my life:

-My housecleaner Sandra and I were renegotiating our arrangement. I asked her: “How much will it cost now?” Her answer: “Oh, I don’t know — tell me how much you want to pay? I hate giving quotes!” I told her: “Sandra, you do awesome work and you know it. Tell me your fee.” She went high and I agreed.

-After speaking at a conference recently, a woman from the audience approached me and complained that she has been in her role as a hospital administrator for six years and been promoted several times without any merit pay increase. She estimates she earns $60,000 less than market value. $60,000!!!! “That’s crazy,” I said. “It’s your responsibility to get more.” This articulate, professional woman went on to rationalize that her family doesn’t need more money, and she likes her boss …. and all the usual crap women say. “You need to turn this around,” I told her. “They’re taking advantage of you because they don’t respect you.” I volunteered to coach her into a higher salary or new job, but she never followed up.

-A friend is miserable in her job and complains at how poorly she is paid and treated. Finally, yesterday, after sustaining another gripe session, I told her: “You know you have to leave and you deserve more money. If you don’t have those things it is your responsibility. I’ll help you find a new job but I won’t listen to you complain any more.” She finally accepted my recurring offer to connect her with a colleague who can help her.

Tell me: What do women you know do to sabotage their finances? What do you tell them? Share in comments, ladies!

 

  1. Amy
    Amy12-05-2013

    Love this! I am the second example and that needs to change!

  2. Emma
    Emma12-05-2013

    HAHAH! AMY! Where have you been?! Did not expect to see you here! Let’s talk ….

  3. Honoree Corder
    Honoree Corder12-06-2013

    Emma,

    I was just talking about this last night, specifically about how women in network marketing outnumber men 99-1 but men have the most number of successful businesses — because men treat their businesses like businesses and women “don’t want to impose or overstep” by asking their friends, colleagues and connections to look at their business opportunity or buy their products.

    I hope more women will own their worth, because as we own our greatness we give others permission to do the same.

    Honoree

  4. Emma
    Emma12-06-2013

    >>I hope more women will own their worth, because as we own our greatness we give others permission to do the same.

    OOOH!! I LOVE THIS!! Thank you for sharing

    And 100% love the anecdote about direct sales men/women. That could be an article in Forbes, Inc., etc. etc.

    • Honoree Corder
      Honoree Corder12-07-2013

      I will write something for my blog … I see it time and time again!

  5. Amanda
    Amanda02-02-2014

    Um, yeah, so about 5 years ago I found myself yelling at so many women in my life about the same subject, so I decided to start a business about it. Few know the extent of my rage when I finally tipped into committing to launching it. I was just so angry I didn’t have a choice any more. So many successful bright women broke and poor because they didn’t know their own value and couldn’t ask for money. So, yeah. I get it.

    • Emma
      Emma02-03-2014

      Amanda, I am so glad you did. And not just because you pay me.

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