Some years ago, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said women should not ask for raises but instead should just do a good job and have faith that they will get the pay they deserve. As ridiculous as that sounds that is the reality of many women in the workforce.

Imagine having to work in faith before getting a raise just because of your gender. I have heard stories from women that did not get a raise because they didn’t speak up and that happened because they didn’t want to be seen as demanding and disturbing.

There’s this quote by Shirley Chisholm I love so much it goes; If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair. It basically explains that life will not always give you what you want, you have to take what you want from life, and this also applies to the workplace. Even though this article’s aim is to make you know that as a woman you can ask for a raise at work just like your male counterparts but here are a couple of things to take note of before you do

1- Do your research
Ask questions from trusted colleagues just so you will know the right steps to take before asking. You can often get surprisingly good information only by talking to people in your field.

2- Get the timing right
Lang Leav said, You can create something that is pure genius, but you have to get your timing right. Timing is very essential, and you have to be emotionally intelligent about it. By doing your research, you will be able to know when the time is just perfect for you to ask.

3- Know you will probably get a No.
Mentally prepare yourself for rejection. It is likely that when you ask for a raise, the answer will be no. Manage your own expectations and listen to what your boss says after they say no. Their reasons could be valuable information for your future career growth. When the time comes, don’t hesitate to ask again, just make sure that you have put in the hard work and
can prove that you deserve a raise.

Bonus tip- Rehearse and prepare your pitch well.
Practice really makes perfect. Practice your pitch well before speaking with your boss.

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