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Sunday, November 08, 2009



There are actually studies that show that women who DO ask suffer negative effects. See

"They found that there are clear social ramifications for women to ask for raises. It is dangerous for them to do so as they will hurt their reputation and potentially hurt their work environment."

I've certainly seen and felt this sort of effect personally. It's subtle, but it's there. And it's not women's fault that our 'asking' comes with different costs than does a man asking. Rational women sense this and behave accordingly.

I find the 'women don't ask' framing to be unconstructive as it places the blame on what women do or don't do (and then ultimately becomes about what *individual* women do or don't do), as opposed to on broader systemic issues.

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