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Women Shared Their Best Tips For Working In Male-Dominated Workplaces, And I'm Taking Notes

Don't be afraid to brag!

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.

a queen on RuPaul's Drag Race saying, "I said what I said"

2. Save "I'm sorry" for when you really need it.

the character Gilly saying "Sorry" on SNL

3. And take the word "just" entirely out of your vocabulary...

Teresa Giudice on Real Housewives saying, "I mean, I'm just sayin'"

4. ...As well as qualifiers like "if that makes sense."

woman saying, "you know what I'm saying?"

5. Advocate for yourself and ask for what you want.

woman saying "I just think you deserve better"

6. But you don't always have to ask for things; you can take what you need.

Homer saying, "I like your attitude. Take what you need" on The Simpsons

7. Don't let imposter syndrome hold you back.

Alexis saying "you earned it" on Schitt's Creek

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.

woman saying, "I'm simply appalled at the double standards you men try to impose on us women"

9. Don't be afraid to "brag."

woman saying, "I don't mean to brag"

10. And keep a list of your accomplishments to make this easier.

Spongebob with a long list

11. When someone says a sexist joke, ask how it's funny.

Erin saying she doesn't get it on The Office

12. Do things you don't feel 100% qualified for.

Andy saying, "I have no idea what I'm doing, but I know I'm doing it really, really well" on Parks and Recreation

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.

Janice saying, "You are a mean girl" in Mean Girls

14. And don't be afraid to say no!

Cady saying "No" in Mean Girls

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!

Drake saying, "That is not my job" on Drake and Josh

16. If you are interrupted during a presentation, keep talking.

Kamala Harris saying, "I'm speaking"

17. In an interview, don't talk about your current salary — talk about the salary you want.

Caroline saying, "I think I deserve better than that" on The Vampire Diaries

18. Negotiate your salary for new jobs!

Jerry shouting, "Show me the money!" In Jerry Maguire

19. If you're having trouble with negotiations or feeling uncomfortable about asking for more, write out what you want to say.

Spongebob about to write

20. And finally, lift up other women whenever you get the chance...

Liz saying "I support women, I'm like a human bra" on 30 Rock

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.