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Sarah Silverman Shared A Story About Being Shafted To Encourage Women To Ask For More Money

Because women reportedly earn, on average, 78 cents to a man's dollar, and 51% don't know they're supposed to negotiate a starting salary, a study found.

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In honor of Equal Pay Day coming up on April 14, Levo League, a career community for women, has started a wage equality campaign called #Ask4More. They already have some pretty impressive women rallying for them.

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Sarah Silverman joined the cause to speak uncharacteristically seriously about her experiences with wage inequality and her internal battles with sexism.

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“If you work a job and a man is working the same job, you should be getting paid the same," Silverman told Levo. "I don't think anyone's asking for more than what's fair."

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Sarah, who is no stranger to campaigning for women's rights, went on to say, "If I tweet about anything women's rights related ... it gets the most violent, hateful tweets back. ... Of course, it comes from fear."

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A video Silverman did last year for the Equal Payback Project.

"I think as women, as a whole, if we can understand what we deserve… we [can understand that] we deserve quality lives," Silverman told Levo. "Go ahead, ask for more."

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Levo's campaign intends to educate women about wage inequality and the lack of women asking for higher pay from their employers.

On average, women in America are paid 78 cents to a dollar a man earns. Black women earn 64% of a man's dollar and Latina women earn 54%.

These percentages can vary greatly depending on industry, education, and experience, but the lowest gender pay gap in even the most equal situations (equal in age, education, and family responsibilities) is still 7%, according to the American Association of University Women.

The gender wage gap is not predicted to close until 2095.

For this purpose, the organization has had numerous celebrities share their stories about asking or not asking for raises, and have published how-to guides for women on negotiating salaries.

Celebrities and non-celebs have spoken up on twitter in support of the campaign.

Equal pay for equal work. How can you argue with that? #ask4more with @levoleague

If you get an answer that is not adequate: go back. Ask again. #Ask4More #MsJDPowerbase

You don't get what you deserve. You get what you ask for. #ask4more with @levoleague

Chelsea Clinton joined in too, adding that though learning to ask for more is important, it is up to everyone to "change the social norms and culture ... to make sure women are valued equally."

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So go ahead and Ask 4 More.

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