“The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it. ”
― Roseanne Barr
I love this quote.
At the time of this writing, women make 79₵ to a man’s dollar. Isn’t it time to remedy this?
Recently, Robin Wright has been in the news for negotiating a salary equal to her male co-star, Kevin Spacey. HOW she did could prove to be an invaluable lesson for women everywhere.
- Conduct research. She found that her character was just as appealing if not more, than Kevin Spacey’s.
- Arm yourself with the data.
- Make your case and make your demand(s). Be prepared to walk away.
Some women argue that Robin is already wealthy. That she makes millions and can walk away. True. But still gutsy, no? She could have settled like so many other actresses. She didn’t settle.
“I wasn’t building my salary bracket. If you don’t build salary bracket with notoriety and presence, you’re not in the game any more. You become a B-list actor.” – Robin Wright
I believe that women’s worst enemy is not a successful man, but a fellow insecure woman.
“This producer was a woman, a type I became acquainted with at the beginning of my stand-up career in Denver. I cared little for them: blondes in high heels who were so anxious to reach the professional level of the men they worshipped, fawned over, served, built up, and flattered that they would stab other women in the back. They are the ultimate weapon used by men against actual feminists who try to work in media, and they are never friends to other women, you can trust me on that.”
― Roseanne Barr
If women are going to gain gender equality, we need to support each other.
I’m buoyed by the following article. It convinces me that the younger generation of women are smart, brave and DO DEMAND what they want:
Aerie Lingerie is an upscale lingerie company. They listened to women and modified their ad campaign: they stopped Photoshopping their models and began a “body positive” lobby. It worked. Their sales increased by 20%.
“…We really felt like girls today are just more independent and stronger than ever. We just knew that it would really resonate with this generation.”
– Aerie’s president, Jennifer Foyle