Glamour Editor Says Women Should Talk About Their Paychecks

April 27, 2018

By Brittany Terrell

If women want to be paid what they deserve, they have to ask for it, and help each other out, said Glamour's new editor-in-chief, Samantha Barry.

"You have to have a small group of people that know how much you earn and you know how much they earn, because knowledge is power when you go into negotiations," said Barry in an interview Friday with Cheddar. "It's not just women knowing what other women are earning, but women knowing what other men are earning."

In 2017, women earned 82% of what their male counterparts did, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of full and part-time workers in the United States.

Barry explores these and other challenges facing women trying to close the gender pay gap in the May issue of Glamour, her first in charge of the magazine. The "money issue" includes a re-designed layout and new formats meant to appeal to modern women and their needs.

There's an article about "whisperer networks," where women talk about their work experiences, including compensation. Barry also shared some of her own experiences.

When negotiating her salary at a previous job, Barry said she did her own comparative research.

"I took the guys out and I got them drunk and I asked them how much they were earning. Because that gave me power going into my negotiations," she said.

For the full interview, click here.