5 tips for teens to tackle the gender wage gap

1. Ask for more: In the United States, women who work full time, year-round are still paid 20% less than men. Did you know that the wage gap starts as early as 14 years old?** Negotiating for a high wage in the beginning can increase your chances of making bigger dollars later.

2. Talk money with your friends: Ask your friends what they’re making and share what you’re making. The more you know, the better you can discuss the pay you deserve. Knowledge=Power

3. Know your role - and put it on paper When you have your role in writing, it’s easier to see if your employer is taking advantage of you. If your responsibilities are changing, that may be an opportunity to ask for more money!

4. Get those receipts readyIf discrimination is happening to you or someone at work, write it down. If it looks like sexual harassment, uncomfortable power dynamics, or anything else that doesn’t feel right… Write. It. Down. If needed, talk to a supervisor or a trusted adult  – you have rights!

5. Join the movement to demand higher wages and equal pay! Use #EqualPayDay and connect with organizations like the National Partnership for Women & Families (@NPWF). People of all genders can listen to and support each other to close the gap. Without action, women and men will not be paid equally until at least 2059****. And you’ll probably be retired by then.

Compiled with the support of The National Partnership for Women & Families and Dr. Yasemin Besen-Cassino.


** "The Cost of Being a Girl"  by Dr. Yasemin Besen-Cassino

*** “The Gender Wage Gap: Extent, Trends, and Explanations” by Francine D. Blau Lawrence M. Kahn

**** “Projected Year the Wage Gap Will Close by State” by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research