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  3. April 2, 2019

Survey: Women Are Not Asking for Raises

And few women who have asked for raises actually got them

Survey: Women Are Not Asking for Raises

Emily McCrary-Ruiz-Esparza is on staff at InHerSight where she writes about data and women's rights.

In a March 2019 survey, InHerSight found that the majority of women have not asked for a pay raise in the last year.

Have you asked for a pay raise in the last 12 months?

Data chart: Have you asked for a pay raise in the last 12 months?

Key findings

  • 60 percent of women say they have not asked for a pay raise in the last 12 months.

  • 21 percent of women say that in the last 12 months they have asked for a pay raise but did not receive one.

  • 19 percent of women say that in the last 12 months they have asked for a pay raise and received one.

Read more:The 2019 Salary Satisfaction Report

According to the 2018 Women in the Workplace report by Lean In and McKinsey & Company:

  • Latina and Black women ask for raises at about the same rate as white women, but with lower success. On average, Latina and Black women receive fewer promotions and are paid less for comparable work.

  • Compared to white women, Asian women are more likely to ask for raises, and while Asian women are less likely than white women to be promoted, they are paid more for comparable work.


Survey of more than 2,000 women in March 2019.

This article is part of InHerSight’s month-long coverage of equal pay. Timed with Equal Pay Day, the series looks at how the pay gap affects women of all backgrounds and in all industries.

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Emily was previously on staff at InHerSight, where she researched and wrote about data that described women in the workplace, specifically societal barriers to advancement, and workplace rights. Her bylines include Fast Company and The Glossary Co.

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