Women Entering the Workforce — Here’s How to Get What You Want

by Marisa Porges | Published on Harvard Business Review



The ability to advocate for yourself at work is arguably more important than ever. The office is no longer just a physical space and 9-to-5 jobs are no longer the standard. As working from home and non-traditional hours become the norm, you need to be more up-front about asking for the compensation and flexibility you need.


Further, as a generation that is predicted to change jobs more frequently than others have, you will face countless career-defining negotiations. When and how you speak up will determine the outcomes of those conversations.


While self-advocacy is a skill that everyone should master, it is especially important for women who are just entering the workforce. Numerous studies suggest that women are not as effective at self-advocacy as our male colleagues — because we feel uncomfortable asking, because