Susan Baxter, author of The Estrogen Errors: Why Progesterone Is Better for Women’s Health has been one of those women.
A successful medical and health and wellness writer herself, Susan is an outspoken advocate for women’s health. If you’ve not had the chance to read her book, I would highly recommend that you do.
In one of our recent email conversations Susan made a comment on how much she charged for her writing and editing services. Let’s just say that Susan doesn’t work for minimum wage, shall we?
Also during the course of the conversation she made the wonderful statement,
“If women don’t value themselves and their work, who will?”
Look, this conversation is an old one. We all know that women still make less money than our male counterparts in the workforce and plenty of us are none too happy about it. But, on the other hand, the question we all ought to be asking is why?
Sure, there’s the argument that women are shut out and kept down by misogynistic men, and maybe there is some truth to that. But, is that always the case? Personally, I don’t think so. In fact, I’m of the unholy and politically incorrect opinion that the bigger problem is women themselves.
Yep. I said it out loud.
I think Susan Baxter is right. If we do not value ourselves and put a high dollar on our productivity and work, well then, just who will?
MSNBC morning news anchor, Mika Brzezinski also tackles this question in her recent book, Knowing Your Value: Women, Money and Getting What You’re Worth.
Yeah, I know what you’re thinking.
“What does Mike Brzezinski know about not getting what you’re worth? She’s a news anchor for MSNBC! Of course she makes a lot of money!”
And guess what? You would be wrong! I know it’s hard to believe that a woman of her education, stature and employment level would be at the bottom of the financial food chain. But, she was. She also says it was all her fault too, because she accepted it. Hence, her book.
As a woman who has spent the entire first half of her life putting herself on the back burner for the greater good of others, I know exactly how difficult it is to lay your cards on the proverbial table and cash-out for every penny that you’re worth.
But, the truth is, ladies, no one will give you more than you are willing to ask for. Period. Of course, if you’re going to ask for more, you have to be willing to give more.
Education, knowledge, skill, expertise, and yes, even your age, all have value, but only as much value as you place on it.
So, take an inventory, girls, and remember… You have not because you ask not!