Sarah Silverman Says It's Time for Women to #Ask4More
April 14 marks National Equal Pay Day, which is how far into 2015 women have to work in additionto last year in order to earn what their male colleagues made in 2014 doing the same jobs. Women in the U.S. continue to make just 78 cents for every dollar that men earn—a number that has been recently updated from 77 cents. Part of the problem—and to be clear, just part—is that women don't always negotiate their salaries to the extend that men do. Levo, a professional network for millennials, found in a survey that that 63 percent of its female millennial audience felt "uncomfortable" negotiating a job offer, and 66 percent of that audience said they did not know how to ask for more. To encourage women to ask for what they deserve, Levo has launched a #Ask4More campaign, with support from Sarah Silverman, Chelsea Clinton, Sheryl Sandberg, and Natalie Morales.
Silverman has spoken out about the gender pay gap before, including in a video released in October where she explained (in a way only Silverman can) the $500,000 "vagina tax." Now, the comedian is again reminding women to stand up for themselves. "You know my therapist said, and I think about it all the time you know, 'We don't get what we want. We get what we think we deserve.' And I think as women, as a whole, if we can understand what we deserve…. We deserve quality lives with equality," says Silverman. Watch Silverman's full video for Levo below, where she talks about once making one sixth of what her male colleague made for doing the exact same thing.
Clinton's motto is that it never hurts to ask. "I think feeling good that you feel justified in asking for a raise, if you have questions, ask for a raise," she says. "I think the worst anyone is going to tell you is no. You know, it's always better to ask and get a no than to not ask at all." See Clinton's full video:
By not negotiating early in their careers, women put themselves at a very real disadvantage. "By 2020, we millennials will be 50 percent of our entire workforce," said Levo CEO and cofounder Caroline Ghosn in a news release. "If over 60 percent of female millennials are kicking off our careers on the no-negotiation fast track, we too will be experiencing the loss of over $461,000 in average household income over our lifetimes." Even though Levo's survey found that 83 percent of its audience agreed that it is important to negotiate salary and/or benefits, millennial women still perceive obstacles in doing so. From the findings:
- 56% didn't know what to ask for
- 58% were afraid of losing their job/offer as a result of negotiating
- 55% didn't want to come across as pushy
- 51% didn't know they should ask for more
Sandberg told Levo, "I think this is our moment, and I think [the millennial] generation is the generation that changes this, so think about what you would do if you weren’t afraid. Think about leading, because when you lead, you get to change things."
What do you think of the survey findings? Are you surprised that a large percentage of women are still not negotiating? Not surprised? Share in the comments.