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Career Resources for Women

Equality in the Workplace

Know your rights. It is against the law for employers to discriminate against its employees on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, disability, pregnancy, and age.

Illegal Interview Questions

Questions that aim to reveal your age, religion, marital status, race and other personally identifying factors are illegal to ask in a job interview. If you are asked an illegal interview question or feel uncomfortable with a question, you have the right to not answer and express that you do not feel the question is relevant to the position. Connect with your NCA Career Adviser if you feel you have been asked an illegal interview question.

The Job and Internship Search

Career ContessaClassy Career GirlFeminist Majority Foundation and Women For Hire are platforms for women to gain additional resources to take charge of their career offering articles, job boards, checklists, and other tips for success.

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Negotiation and Women

According to the American Association of University Women (AAUW) women who work full-time take home about 82 cents less for every dollar a full-time male worker is paid and only 53% of women are confident in negotiating salary, compared to 61% of men.

Women in Underrepresented Fields

Women are not always encouraged to explore and pursue specific fields and industries throughout their education and career development. Statistics from The National Girls Collaborative Project indicate a continued disparity between the number of men and women (especially minority women) in STEM fields. Advocating for more inclusive hiring practices as well as understanding individual steps women can take to empower themselves to develop skills, experience and break into male-dominated fields can allow for more voices and perspectives to lead in all career fields and industries.

Organizations and Campus Resources for Women

Organizations are a great way to build your network and deepen your knowledge of a field. Many professional orgs also hold national and regional conferences that offer the ability to connect with employers for potential job/internship opportunities and meet Northwestern alumni who are now working in the field.

Wildcat Connection: Search Wildcat Connection to find identity-based student organizations at Northwestern related to your field of interest.

Directory of Associations: This comprehensive database allows you to search a global list of professional organizations using filters by identity and career field.