Summary of Why Women Earn Less

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Why Women Earn Less book summary
The demons of women’s wages are traits that create “underearners”: poor self-esteem, self-sabotage, misplaced kindness.


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Do you feel as if your career is stuck under a rock and your salary is buried six feet under? You’re not alone. Many women suffer from the grateful-to-have-a-job syndrome and earn far less than they need or want. With a mix of colorful commentary and hard facts, Mikelann R. Valterra presents a thoughtful discussion about the gender gap in wages. While avoiding clichés or easy explanations, she analyzes the remuneration problems women face and provides practical solutions. The book is a bit flawed by repetition. Key statistics, for example, are frequently recycled. But the author addresses crucial issues that have been hidden. getAbstract sees this as essential fiscal homework for female execs, the pink-collar office pool and the self-employed.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to review your personal history of lower wages;
  • When and how to ask for a raise or higher fees;
  • Why it’s important to understand the subtle forces and thought patterns that cause you to underperform; and
  • How to develop the career and money management skills that will boost your salary.


“Underearning” 101
Everyone experiences career setbacks, but “underearners” – including millions of women – have a history of subpar paychecks and self-sabotage. Suffering insufficient pay is a silent ailment, layered in secrecy. Unfortunately, like an ignored toothache, the problem of...
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About the Author

Mikelann R. Valterra, a financial recovery specialist, operates a financial counseling practice and is a popular public speaker.

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