We're going to be honest. Gathering up the courage to ask your boss for a raise is probably as nerve racking as being chosen for the hunger games — Once you're in, you don't know if there's a way out. But it really shouldn't be that way. Women have faced unfair pay rates for years; we work hard for our money so why shouldn't we fight for the pay that we deserve?

When life coach Dr. Lisa Kaplin mentions that you shouldn't ask for a raise until you're really sure that you do deserve it, we couldn't agree more. Sometimes, we let our nerves get the best of us and cause use to be passive when asking for something that means a lot to us. If we don't truly believe that we need a raise, our boss won't either. It's all about being assertive, confident and just going after what matters. If we run around in circles, it will look as if we're not even sure why we're qualified for it. Even if we do get turned down, it's the perfect opportunity to get some benchmarks for the future on how we can prove ourselves.

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