Re: Blame the Boss
@alison: Thanks for sharing that article, it's a valid perspective on an issue that has no easy answers. I've definitely been met with some ridiculous responses in my own salary negotiations. When I was negotiating for a better salary at a job I was considering taking, i was later told the (male) CFO actually said to someone involved in the hiring process: Why is she asking for so much money when she has a husband.
The wildly inappropriate sexism inherent in that statement pretty much tells you all you need to know.
Nonetheless, in the face of that attitude, I was hired by the company -- and at an amount that was only marginally less than what I had originally asked for (which was fine with me b/c rule number one for prospective employees in salary negotiations is to never start with your lowest bid, of course, but to start with your highest bid).