Working women, know your value

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By Wendy Sachs

(CNN) — I often feel like a high-class prostitute, I just don’t charge like one. Call girls seem to know their black book value, or at least their madams do. But sadly, many professional working women don’t get or demand the compensation they deserve.

It begins after college when young women are already making less than the guys — 82 percent of what their male peers receive, according to a recent study by the American Association of University Women. It gets worse over time, particularly for women who temporarily take themselves out of work by choice or necessity when they become moms. This chronic feeling that they are giving it up for free can hurt women’s lifelong earning power and their self-esteem.

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg wants to give America’s women workplace moxie and the skills to break through barriers that are holding them back, namely themselves…

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