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I recently read an article where the World Economic Forum has said it will take 208 years to achieve gender parity in the US.  It’s a staggering number.  There are a lot of different facets of parity.  One of these is dear to my heart.  Compensation.  Compensation used to be a very personal topic for me.  But as I start managing  teams and mentoring individuals, it has become so much more.  I’ve always had this innate sense of fairness and nothing screams unfair more than two people collecting vastly different paychecks for the same job.  I find myself advising a lot of women to ask for fair compensation but often, “fair” is very subjective.  So I want to write the three pieces of advice I give people to make the number more objective.

1. Find a mentor...or two or three.  Ask them about fair market value for your level.  These should be people who work in your field, are senior to you and are responsible for hiring decisions - which by nature involve salary decisions.  This is by far…

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