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Womxn are redefining today's workforce. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, ~50% of U.S. workers identify as womxn and ~40% of households’ primary earners are mothers. This has nearly quadrupled since 1960, as has the proportion of womxn with college degrees in the workforce.

We use the term, “womxn,” throughout this page to include all cisgender, transgender, and genderfluid womxn, and to acknowledge the intersectionality of gender. Career Services is dedicated to helping womxn students succeed in reaching career goals, navigating the workforce, negotiating salary, and working for organizations that honor individualized strengths. The information on this page is designed to support students with these priorities in mind.



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Get Hired: Womxn

For complete information on job search strategies, resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn, interviews, and more, review our starter tips to Get Hired in all careers as well as the specialized tips on this page.

Job Search Strategies

Throughout your job search, it is important to recognize the opportunities that you can (and should) apply for. Adopt the mindset that if you meet at least half of the job description’s core qualifications, and the job interests you, it is worth your time to apply. Moreover, once you land a job offer, it is worth your time to advocate for yourself by seeking competitive compensation.


Leading the Way to Equal Pay and Promotions

If you are unaware of the gender pay equity gap, now is a great time to learn. In addition to lower starting salaries for womxn, statistics reveal that employers generally promote men at faster rates than womxn, by more frequently promoting men for “potential” and womxn for “past accomplishments.” To isolate the variable further, studies also show that womxn ask for promotions and negotiate salaries at the same rates as men.

What can you do to lead the way for generations to come? While there are larger forces in effect, including structural and systemic issues, it is important that you continue to focus on what you can contribute and articulate your value. 

Click below to see a few success tips to get started. 

Learn about recent, gender-based salary trends, and learn how to negotiate for the salary that you deserve. Begin preparing now for your next offer by reviewing our salary negotiation strategies on our Interviews and Offers page and checking out online salary negotiation workshops from the American Association of University Women (AAUW).

Be eager to learn; take on projects and show that you are indispensable. Remember that many employers appreciate the unique insight that womxn bring to the workplace. It is important for you to find your voice and convey your opinions; do not wait to be asked. Bring this ambition to your annual reviews to show what you have contributed and be clear about what you want as you grow throughout your career.

Receiving a promotion may not be easy, but it is possible. The more that you pursue opportunities like this, the more accessible they will be to other womxn. For more guidance, check out Vault's article on 9 Tips for Young Women Entering the Workforce.

Handling Discrimination and Speaking Up

As a womxn-identified individual, you may have concerns about experiencing discrimination within your job search, during an interview, or within the workplace. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission offers resources for handling gender-based discrimination including information regarding the Equal Pay Act, Title IX.

In all instances, you should never tolerate language that is sexist or discriminatory, or put up with an environment where you do not feel safe. If you find yourself in an uncomfortable situation, speak up. Talk to your supervisor and Human Resources department immediately.


More Knowledge = More Power

You can benefit from additional information and resources regarding wage-earning womxn. Take a moment to review resources, such as the Women’s Bureau of the Department of Labor and FairyGodBoss for information to help you get hired and advance your career. 

If you would like to take action on ongoing womxn’s issues, visit the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce to get involved and inspire other womxn to develop successful careers.