I read an article today about women in the business world (link is here). Generally the idea is that women don't ask for raises or promotions. The article discusses research that shows the opposite to be true - that women ask, but they just don't get them like men do.
Personally I related really well to this idea. Recently I had finally vocalized my need for a promotion and better compensation in a serious conversation with my boss. Usually I don't want to rock the boat but I was told that my two male coworkers were up for promotion. The two men that comprise the other parts of my team and that pull exactly none of their own weight. The Old Man always wants to put his work on other people and the Creepy one is well, a sexist creepy pig who until recently sat around for the last 8 years doing nothing.
Do I think that I'll get the promotion I asked for? No, and I told my boss that. I didn't want to make it seem that I was going to wait around forever as my two male coworkers had, because I simply won't. I don't plan on staying in this job for that much longer and this sense of urgency needed to be conveyed. It seems that urgency is the only thing that people around here respond to.