Deborah Tutnauer ’81, gave an extremely powerful talk last Friday about how women can demand more in the workplace, and why this is important. She discussed that women carry old stories and heavy baggage about money around with them, both unconsciously and consciously. Deborah took us through the history of money and demonstrated that money has always been in a male domain. She then stated that men and women both have a responsibility to change this and bring money into balance. According to Deborah, women typically want to help others and claim that making a lot of money is not important to them. As a women who feels similarly, this part of the lecture was extremely interesting and applicable to me. As a life coach and mentor, Deborah said she constantly has to remind women that money IS important! If women have passion AND money, then they can make an even greater impact on the world and help even more people.
Deborah brought up a lot of great points about our relationship to money that we typically do not discuss: our value, worthiness, self-greed, power, altruism, and business. Many women feel that if they demand more money, they are power-hungry and greedy. This does not have to be the case. There is plenty of money out there waiting to be made by women and waiting to be put towards something important.
So how do we demand more for our value? Deborah says that first we must shift our stories. We all carry around stories and beliefs about money. We must shift these stories and bridge the gap by asking ourselves what our beliefs about money are and what we want them to be. Women oftentimes see the world through a filter and we must dissect these filters and find a way to make a shift so that women can recognize their self-worth and demand the money that they deserve.