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Why Men Still Make More Money

Why Men Still Make More Money

Nealeigh Mitchell | Excelle

Men steer. Women support.

More often than not, women scrap any chance of progressing into leadership roles by languishing in assisting positions. Continuously volunteering for extra work and never telling colleagues “no” chains you in a supportive role. Those feminine characteristics that make you a great secretary — compassion, attentiveness — will make you a stellar CEO. Wrench yourself out of your comfort zone and enter the fray. Make a threatened male fight for that corner office.

Men are casual. Women are coquettes:

There’s nothing like Casual Friday to magnify the differences in the way men and women are perceived. While men can roll up in khakis and a t-shirt, most casual wear remains taboo for the opposite sex. Wear a skirt instead of a pantsuit, too high of heels or splashy makeup and suddenly you’re the office “floozy,” unfit for a leadership role. Your clothing is scrutinized more so than men’s. And unfortunately, your female counterparts are doing a lot of the eyeballing.

So what’s an ambitious woman to do? Knowing that office gender politics still exist is half the battle but there are things you can do to break into the boy’s club:

1) Market yourself: The merit-based system is long gone. Get yourself in the game by boasting about your accomplishments. Find a mentor and start hobnobbing with the bigwigs.

2) Anticipate conflict: Control hazardous waterworks and outbursts by planning ahead and foreseeing confrontations. You’ll remain on guard and armed with a quick response.

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