Woman To Woman: How To Get The Money You Want And DeserveMegan Carpentier6/27/08 3:00pmFiled to: Minding the (wage) gapNegotiating for womenEqual payGetting what you wantTopConsumeristLifehacker1013EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkThe world is not a fair place, I think we all know that. And in this not-fair world, on the average, American women earn 80 percent of what American men earn. When UK Equality Minister Harriet Harman recently called for employers to disclose wage disparities, plenty of people were willing to say that women choose to make less then men in order to spend more time with their kids or to seek less professional, more personal fulfillments. But even beyond the issue of supposed choice, studies by and large show that women don't negotiate on salary as successfully as men for a variety of reasons, which might also contribute to the wage gap. Wondering how to take that particular bull by the horns? As someone who always got hired to break heads instead of be diplomatic, I have some tips.