Marian Cartwright

I am passionate about helping women make the most of their skills and talents in the workplace, as well as encouraging them to ask for what they want and deserve. Creating Ask Ajna with Jae Lynn has been a labor of love and if we can help women find their authentic voice and support one another, we will build a community of change.

Do you talk politics at work? You could lose your job.

Do you talk politics at work?  You could lose your job.

Do you talk politics at work? We hear about free speech all the time, but what happens when your boss overhears you talking about a subject that flares tempers on both sides? As we approach the midterm elections in November, there are always hot button issues (and candidates) that get the blood boiling. In Texas, there is a gubernatorial race that will surely bring out the liberal feminist in me. ...[Read More]

Do You Have Time to Take Care of Yourself?

Do You Have Time to Take Care of Yourself?

I am trying to make some changes in my life (now that I’m happy) and I decided to Google the words, “take care of yourself”. It was depressing the sites that came up. 20 Simple Ways to Take Care of Yourself This includes starting your day with a warm glass of lemon water, drinking clean filtered water all day, having green juice as the first meal, meditating. Other than meditation (which I do twic ...[Read More]

Because I’m Happy

Because I’m Happy

I’ve had an epiphany the last few months – I can choose to be happy. My job will not make me happy, nor will more money. What I have to share makes me happy. My family and friends makes me happy. So how can you find happiness? We are hearing a lot about being happy these days. Pharrell Williams’ song “Happy” is played almost every minute somewhere. It’s been stu ...[Read More]

The Gender Gap in Pay Starts Young – The Allowance Gap

The Gender Gap in Pay Starts Young – The Allowance Gap

When I saw a report this week on the Today show about gender gap in pay starts in childhood – more boys get allowance than girls – I wasn’t surprised. Boys mow the lawn and wash the car. Girls wash the dishes, vacuum the floors, and wash the cloths. For some reason in our culture, the (at best) once a week lawn mowing and car washing is valued more than washing dishes – three times a day, every da ...[Read More]

No Really, I’m Too Busy to Worry About Equal Pay

No Really, I’m Too Busy to Worry About Equal Pay

  It’s not like the Good Ol’ Boys in Texas have surprised me with the latest declaration; “Texas women are too busy to worry about equal pay”, but I’m going to put down the 5 things I’m multitasking and take a deep breath and say . . .WHAT the $$$$? Oh yes, we big haired, high healed, bling loving Texas women are just too busy to get upset about equal pay. ...[Read More]

International Women’s Day – March 8th

International Women’s Day – March 8th

Is it just me or is anyone else bothered by the fact we need to have an International Women’s Day?  I know March is Women’s History Month, but women are over half the population and I haven’t seen an International Men’s Day or a month of Men’s History. Really, don’t feel sorry for the men out there. We get to celebrate them frequently.  And just in case we haven ...[Read More]

Do I Need to Find a New Job or Ask for a Raise?

Do I Need to Find a New Job or Ask for a Raise?

In the 3rd installment of Find a New Job, one thing I hear women say frequently is “I could make more money if I quit and went to work somewhere else.  Why won’t they pay me what they should?  If I leave, they will have to pay someone more to take the job than I’m making.  Give it to me and I will stay!”  I then ask them, “Did you ask for a raise?” You Have to Ask! Often the answer is, “I told my ...[Read More]

I Hate My Job – Or Do I?

I Hate My Job – Or Do I?

The 3rd most popular resolution, Find a new job is frequently made because “I hate my job”.  Before you go off and jump into a full blown job search, you may want to do a little inventory of what you don’t like about your job. Is it: I am not challenged with the work.  I’m bored. I can’t stand working on the computer all day/I hate all the meetings I have to attend I want to do some ot ...[Read More]

Resolution #3 – Find a New Job

Resolution #3 – Find a New Job

The third most popular New Years resolution is Find a New Job, right behind weight loss and exercise.  All 3 are frequently on my resolution list.  Is it on yours?  Do you make that resolution every year?  Is it really time to look, or is it just a habit you say when things are uncomfortable and you want to escape? If you Google “Find a New Job” you will find 3 types of information: Find a new job ...[Read More]

Equal Pay For Women – Millennial Women are Closing the Gap

Equal Pay For Women – Millennial Women are Closing the Gap

Equal pay for women – I have been saying that for most of my working life – but I was sure we were going to be stuck at the 76% of men’s pay forever.  This week the Pew Research Center released a study that surprised me.   The title of the study’s article was On Pay Gap, Millennial Women Near Parity – For Now. A 2012 Pew study showed that Millennial women actually earn 92% of what Millennial men e ...[Read More]