"To help close the gender pay gap, we should focus on creating policies and programs that provide women with more access to career development and training, such as pay negotiation skills, to support them throughout their lives in any job or field they choose to enter," said Dawn Lyon, vice president of corporate affairs at Glassdoor.
Even if you can't take a class on negotiation, you can get yourself ready for that big meeting with your boss by following a few key steps right now. First, get in the right mind set. Figure out what you want — and why you deserve it.
"The same kinds of behavior that work for most men, don't necessarily work for most women. There's an expectation that women won't negotiate for themselves," said Carol Frohlinger. president of Negotiating Women Inc., a New York-based advisory firm focused on advancing women in the workplace.
"Say to yourself, 'Here is really what is important to me,'" she said. "For most women [and men], it's not only about the money, but about being rewarded appropriately for the work that you have done. If you don't believe you deserve it, no one else will either."