Working While Female? New Study Says Gender Is A Bigger Factor Than Race When Negotiating Raises

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Smash the gla$$ ceiling

TL;DR: If you're a woman in the workplace, a person of color, or both, negotiating a pay raise is a lot harder and more complicated than if you were a white man. This is not necessarily news (sadly). Unfortunately for women, a new study by The Harvard Business Review suggests that above all other factors, gender might be the biggest thing holding you back.

The market research team at the marketing agency Fractl showed that in surveying 550 African Americans, 550 Asian Americans, 550 Hispanic/Latino Americans, and 350 white Americans, men of any race were more likely to have asked for a raise in the past and when doing so, ask for more money than women do. They're also much more likely to feel comfortable even asking for a raise, while women overall feel less comfortable asking. 

Inbound Marketing Manager at Fractl and author of the original article, Kerry Jones, suggests this could be because "More than a third of female respondents believe they’ve been passed up for a raise on account of their gender or race. Perhaps women feel they are less likely to be rejected if the person across the negotiation table looks like them." This seems to be mostly true for white women, who are more likely to see gender as being the biggest factor in why they were passed up for a raise, whereas nonwhite women are more likely to think it was due to their race or a combination of factors.

Although gender overall seems to be the largest factor in asking for, and negotiating a pay raise, race still plays an important factor in all responses. 75 percent of white men have asked for a raise before, along with 65 percent of African-American men, 59 percent of Hispanic/Latino men, and 52 percent of Asian-American men. Comparatively, only 50 percent of white women have asked for a raise, along with 47percent of African-American women, 50 percent of Hispanic/Latina women, and 41 percent of Asian-American women. African-American and Hispanic/Latino men and women were both much more likely to feel more comfortable negotiating with someone of the same race, whereas Asian-American and white men and women were nearly split down the middle.

Although the study doesn't go in-depth about why women and people of color overall feel less comfortable asking for a raise and actually make the move when compared to white men, Jones suggests it is a combination of cultural expectations and prior experiences of being turned down and therefore having reduced confidence that a raise would be given if asked for.

Check out the rest of the survey here to get an even deeper look at the data and how it breaks down by gender and race. It's not a pretty picture: We women still have our work cut out for us when it comes to shattering the financial glass ceiling. 

(Via Jezebel and The Harvard Business Review)

Photo courtesy of Balenciaga / Photo via @McDonaldsSverige Instagram

I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.



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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.