Recently, we asked the women of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us their tips for advocating for yourself in the workplace. Here are some of the best responses!
Note: While we think the below tips are certainly helpful, we don't want to suggest that the responsibility should fall solely on women to make changes to their own behavior. Men also need to make changes in order to make the workforce less misogynistic.
1. Be more decisive with your words.
2. Save "I'm sorry" for when you really need it.
3. And take the word "just" entirely out of your vocabulary...
4. ...As well as qualifiers like "if that makes sense."
5. Advocate for yourself and ask for what you want.
6. But you don't always have to ask for things; you can take what you need.
7. Don't let imposter syndrome hold you back.
8. If you're getting criticized, try to keep an eye out for male colleagues doing the same thing — and if they're not criticized, bring it up the next time you are.
9. Don't be afraid to "brag."
10. And keep a list of your accomplishments to make this easier.
11. When someone says a sexist joke, ask how it's funny.
12. Do things you don't feel 100% qualified for.
13. Obviously you should never be actively mean, but don't let the fear of being seen as "mean" stop you from doing your job.
14. And don't be afraid to say no!
15. Especially when it comes to stuff like office "housework" or party planning — you don't have to do it just because male colleagues expect it of you!
16. If you are interrupted during a presentation, keep talking.
17. In an interview, don't talk about your current salary — talk about the salary you want.
18. Negotiate your salary for new jobs!
19. If you're having trouble with negotiations or feeling uncomfortable about asking for more, write out what you want to say.
20. And finally, lift up other women whenever you get the chance...
21. ...And if you're not in a position of power to easily do this, start working with people who do!
Submissions have been edited for length/clarity.