I got some of what I want, but not everything. So, did I sit down and accept it? No, I have a plan on what I have to do to get a raise. My boss pays my tuition and for the first year I take eighteen units but after my preliminary exam, I get to go drop down to two units. That saves my boss about $7000, so when I drop down I plan to ask for more money. Also, I plan to apply to multiple grants, if I get him more money, how can he refuse me?
But, this will mean extra work. I get into lab before everyone else, because I have to leave at 5:30 because my daughter's daycare. I have to fight harder than before to show that a woman with a child can do the job a man can do. I have to learn to be more efficient than anyone else in lab. But, guess what? I can. I can do the job and I will fight to have to income that I think I deserve.
So, what are you going to fight for?