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Isn’t It Time to End the Gender Pay Gap?

Do you want the good news or the bad news first? Let’s get the not-so-good over with, shall we?

Women working full time in the US are paid just 83 cents to every dollar earned by men – and Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) communities earn even less.

Recent research from the Wall Street Journal reveals an unsettling new statistic: a significant gender pay gap exists just three years into a career, even for graduates of the same school with the same degree. According to Melissa Korn of the Wall Street Journal, median pay for men is higher than for women “in nearly three-quarters of undergrad and graduate degree programs…in some cases, it’s a difference of $5,000 or $10,000 and in some cases it’s tens of thousands of dollars.”

If you think this is a short-term challenge, note that pay gaps tend to increase over time so it’s unlikely to reverse course, resulting in lower lifetime earnings for women, less in Social Security and pensions, and only 70 percent of the overall retirement income that men have.

Here’s the good news: You can take charge of your career, hone your leadership prowess, meet like-minded women, and learn the essential lifelong skill of negotiating for what you are worth by enrolling in Forté’s Career Strategist Program. Set a course now for long-term success – you are worth it!

Forté Career Strategist is a 12-week program which can provide the resources, community and focus you need to carefully plan your professional future. You will participate in live, interactive skill-building webinars with leadership experts, join an online community of likeminded early-career women, and access a curated collection of articles, videos and self-directed exercises (~1 hour/week). Even better? Given Forté’s partnership with global leadership experts at FranklinCovey, you will have access to their leadership library which includes weekly emails with professional development tips.

Ask your manager about whether your company has professional development funds for its employees. Common practice is that all employees are allotted educational or professional development funds that can be applied towards programs just like this. We’ve drafted a sample letter to help you get the conversation started with your manager and see if financial support exists. Download Word | PDF.

The Career Strategist program runs October 19 – February 8, 2023, and you’ll have access to the online learning communities until March 31, 2023. Register for Career Strategist today. Registration closes Friday, October 12, 2022.

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