I actually just said this to my associate dean who stopped by to say I’m doing really well in Google analytics. Which was nice of him. I said I felt all warm and fuzzy, but then a little warning bell went off in my head– warm and fuzzy cannot substitute for showing me the money. So I added that I hoped it would show up in my percent raise next year. After all, I noted, money is the love language of economists. He said he’d noticed that. Then skedaddled away as quickly as he could.
Was that the wrong direction to go? Maybe. As a woman I’m damned no matter what I do. But I also have options and I know I’m underpaid (compared to similarly impressive [but male] people). On top of that, our raises were figured out in the most stupid way possible last year and I would like to NOT see a repeat of that.
He may not stop by to sing my praises again, but hopefully he’ll keep this in mind when setting raises next year. I also put in a good word for two of my (similarly underpaid, but similarly impressive) junior female colleagues. We’ll see.