Reported by Lyonel Laverde-Hansen
There are a couple of new online sites that cater to women in the workforce. As reported by ThinkProgress, these websites provide necessary information about companies and their industries to give women the right tools to use in their salary negotiations at work.
The first resource is called InHerSight, which was created by Ursula Mead. This website seeks to improve the workplace conditions for women by gauging how well employers treat their female employees. As Mead puts it, “I come from an area where data can really help you make good decisions and help you understand situations.”
The site works through an anonymous rating system where people can rate their work experiences through different types of measurements, such as flexibility of schedule, maternity leave compensation, female representation, opportunities for women, etc. Mead dismisses the use of mentoring programs for women workers and urges the issues be dealt with more directly.
“I don’t have time for a Lean In circle,” Mead said. “Some of the other solutions that are out there just weren’t resonating with me.”
Sarah Seltzer and Meredith Clark’s ideas are basically in-sync with Mead’s. Independently, they launched their website to deal with the inertia and difficulty corporate America seems to have regarding female workers, particularly mothers. So they launched Having It Some, originally on Tumblr, to address the matter.
“I’ve been hearing more and more horror stories from friends about companies that didn’t have any maternity leave or having to craft their own or getting job offers rescinded when they told their future bosses they were pregnant,” Seltzer said. “I started becoming really curious as to what companies offer new moms.”
Having It Some lets users post anonymous reviews on their company’s paid leave practices. Seltzer argues that this publicizing will create more transparency in work environments, which is essential for improving the conditions of female workers.
“If there was more transparency, at least it would help people make informed decisions,” Seltzer said. Mead would agree; she says InHerSight’s purpose is to “help women find what they’re looking for and improve what they get” at work.
Clark says that Having It Some will help by exposing the major crisis of family leave in the country. As reported by ThinkProgress, only 12 percent of women in private-sector jobs are offered maternity leave.
“We talk about navigating salary negotiations or vacation benefits, but it doesn’t feel like there’s as much of a discussion around the importance of trying to figure out what you might be getting into where family leave is concerned,” Clark said.
“We’re encouraging people to really start advocating and asking those questions as early as possible.” she added.