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.
- The US Department of Labor Women’s Bureau: Resources related to legal rights including fair compensation, safeguarding the interests of working women and advocating for quality work environments for women across industries and professions.
- Human Rights Campaign: Outlines potential risks/benefits for women who are transgender coming out in the workplace, offers insights on disclosing identity before, during or after a job interview, connects to a number of employer workplace discrimination policies and also includes the State Equality Index, which provides a review of statewide laws and policies that impact LGBTQ people.
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.
- Career One Stop offers a sampling of illegal interview questions to be aware of.
- The Muse explains how to handle illegal or inappropriate interview questions based on specific areas such as gender and family status, including how to tailor your response to avoid the illegal part of the question and turn the conversation back to your strengths and experiences.
The Job and Internship SearchCareer Contessa, Classy Career Girl, Feminist 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.
- Consider these nine tips from Vault to help guide your transition into a new job and for future professional success. 9 Tips for College Women Entering the Workforce
- InHerSight is a resource to better identify companies that are supportive of the women who work there
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.
- The NCA web page on salary negotiation can help you know your worth and value as an employee when negotiating salary. In addition, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with your NCA career adviser when you have an offer for guidance in evaluation and negotiation process.
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.
- An article from Forbes outlines other ways to increase female representation in STEM by recognizing bias, promoting representation and fostering mentorship.
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.