As the fight for diversity, gender equality and pay equity becomes more prevalent in our society, organizations across many industries are becoming more aware of the need to be intentional about diversity in hiring practices. The efforts to increase hiring of women and women of color are well known throughout tech and healthcare, and the efforts to shrink the pay gap have been growing as well. If you are successful in your academic studies, pursue a medical degree and residency program at respected institutions and are regarded as an expert in your field, your chances of breaking the pay equity ceiling will increase given the shift in culture. However, you should not be under any illusions things have changed so much you will not need to be aware of these challenges or have to fight for what you deserve.
Melanie recommends the following next steps:
- Advocate for yourself, your skills and talents. Begin by knowing your worth and get comfortable speaking about your background, experience, and what you bring to the table so no one can deny what you are asking or negotiating for.
- Research industry pay standards and what other minority women are being paid based on location, education, field of study, field of practice, and age. These factors will help you negotiate your salary as a physician.