Why Do Women Suck at Negotiating Salaries?

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Why Do Women Suck at Negotiating Salaries?

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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felt the colour drain from my face when I heard the colleague-friend on the other end of the phone give me a number. He had half my experience, and made exactly as much as I did. Ironically, we were bitching about how poorly our industry paid, but not in a million years could I have imagined that a kid whose writing I often edited was being paid the same as me. It was like a sharp, stinging, sobering slap to the face.

I remember mumbling something unintelligible when it was my turn to disclose my salary. What was I going to tell him? For a few weeks, I marinated in the pool of misery that is self-doubt. Was I not good enough? Was my work less valuable? Did they not need me as much?

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