My annual review is coming up, and it's the time where my company gives small raises based on performance. Instead of a measly three percent raise, I'd like to ask for a larger amount. Like so many women, I was ignorant and didn't negotiate my salary when I first started my job. I soon learned that my co-workers (in the same position, doing the same work) earn more than me (like $10,000 more!), and I have a PhD, and they don't. Is it kosher to use my co-workers' salaries as leverage to negotiate a raise for myself? I know colleagues usually shouldn't talk about each others' salaries, so I don't want to look unprofessional in front of my boss, but I really want to be compensated fairly. What should I do?
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