Re: Blame the Boss
@Alison: Jeez, that's depressing, i have to say I continue to be amazed, and angered, every time I hear that kind of attitude perpetuated. There's no doubt we face an uphill battle as women. And, in general, more openness about salary would benefit all workers.
I'm sorry the negotiating ploy didn't work out so well for your friend. It's improtant to ask for what you think you're worth, and also important to have some idea of the ballpark limits that the person on the other side of the negotiating table may have to operate under. A good way to practice these skills is to go out and try to buy a car.
In all seriousness, this topic of equal pay also speaks to the importance of women building a network of male and female peers to whom we can turn with questions so we can fully investigate a potential employer to the best of our ability.