Narrowing the Salary Gender Gap: Conquering the Imposter Syndrome


The goal of the Women’s Conference of Florida is to Involve, Inspire, and Invest so that all women can lead more successful and joyous lives.

One area that continues to be problematic for women and is a focus of this organization is the salary gender gap that regrettably still exists in the workplace, despite decades of activity to end it.  

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ most recent studies, women still earn more than 20 percent less than their male counterparts; a significant difference and one that requires a redoubling of efforts by all who seek a level playing field in the world of work.  In addition to direct action to reduce the gap on business and political levels, women must examine their own individual roads to success.

When Joyce Roche coined the term “Impostor Syndrome” in her book The Empress Has No Clothes: Conquering Self-Doubt to Embrace Success, she struck a chord with countless women who feel inadequate and fear being exposed as frauds for their inadequacies, regardless of the baselessness of those feelings.  Yet, she says, the keys to success in professional and private lives are feeling empowered and self-confident.

The author gives important suggestions for disabling this condition in 10 Ways to Overcome Impostor Syndrome.  Her key points are listed below.  

1.   Take a hard look at your work habits.

2.    Learn to internalize validation.

3.    Turn like-minded people into allies.

4.    Don’t suffer in silence.

5.    Look in an accurate mirror.

6.    See others objectively.

7.    Look at your fear.

8.    Take stock of your success.

9.    Have a sense of humor.

10.    Find the life you really want.

For the full text of Ms. Roche’s must-read story, visit The Shriver Report.