While negotiating for better pay is a perennial subject in women' publications, there's truly no better time than now to better equip yourself. Given that today is the 16th annual Equal Pay Day, women have more bargaining chips than ever to make the ask. Yes, some of the disheartening statistics still persist: women make only 77 cents to the dollar for equal work, the pay gap is widest and most atrocious for women of color, and the damage stacks up incredibly over the length of our lifetimes. If your blood's not boiling yet, consider that women tend to live longer than men and are left holding the bag monetarily, a point that financial expert Manisha Thakor is apt to make.
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