Join us via Zoom to learn about self-advocacy for women for our Woman's History Month Virtual First Friday Speaker Program.

Over the past 150 years, laws and policies have been created to ensure equal pay and fair workplace practices for women. However, women still only earn about 83 cents for every dollar a man makes in a comparable position. The numbers vary even more across race: In 2019, Hispanic women earned just 55 cents for every dollar earned by White non-Hispanic men, while Black women earned 63 cents, White non-Hispanic women earned 79 cents, and Asian women earned 87 cents.

The bias persists. While men are often viewed as “ambitious” and “confident” when advocating for themselves, women are perceived as bragging, pushy and unlikable (by men and women!).

The reasons women don’t self-advocate vary. From fear of being seen as not collaborative or told they lack social skills, early in their careers women are often encouraged to be humble, work hard and wait to be noticed.

Women who report feeling reluctant to share ideas, ask for a raise or apply for a promotion don’t cite a lack of confidence but credit cultural, structural or interpersonal factors that discourage speaking up and asking (sometimes demanding) what they want.

If this is you (or someone you know) join this discussion as we look at ways to ask for what we want and need (even when we’re uncomfortable) and offer practical tips to build self-advocacy habits.

We'll also touch on the differences between self-advocacy, bragging and self-promotion and explore ways to advocate for self and be an ally for others.

The link to the Zoom meeting will be posted March 4th at the Facebook event page

About the Speaker:

Lucretia Robertson serves as the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Kitsap Regional Library where she works to operationalize equity, create space for race-conscious conversations and cultivate an inclusive culture where staff and patrons feel a sense of belonging. She is also on the board of Kitsap Community Resources and the Music Discovery Center.

An experienced leader and strategic planner with a background in organizational development, human resources and training, Lucretia brings proven leadership to complex workplace, organization culture and change management issues. Lucretia prioritizes collaboration, the principles of equity and workplace wellness in her work with teams and leadership.

Lucretia is the principal at Clarity Partnerships, a micro-consultancy firm that serves women-powered organizations to accelerate women of color (WoC) leadership, leverage community networks, and strengthen workplace wellness. In this role, she works with WoC led nonprofits, sidepreneurs, small businesses and organizations sponsoring WoC advancement. More recently, she is the founder of Women Who Rise, a nonprofit dedicated to elevating women-powered leadership by providing WoC, in informal and formal leadership roles, access to positive mentorship, leadership development, tools for confident and resilient leadership and board governance training.

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