Most women wait for a pay rise to be offered rather than going ahead and asking for it by themselves, it has emerged.
According to Susan Jackson, founder of the Women's Financial Network, women feel they have to do study more to be in a position to ask for a raise.
"Many women feel they have to do more study or obtain recognition externally before they feel comfortable asking for a pay rise," the Courier Mail quoted the Melbourne-based financial planner as saying.
"It's certainly an area I find myself coaching many of my clients in - the art of being able to ask for a pay rise in an assertive way without coming across as aggressive or taking it personally if you don't get it.
"Many women find the process nowhere near as bad as they thought it would be and often do end up with a raise.
"There are however some systemic issues about women being seen to need to earn less, like if you are partnered then you are not dependent on your salary and this sort of flows across into a general idea that it is OK for women to earn less/be paid less," she added.
Alysia Hamilton, a 30-something woman who works in the telco industry in Brisbane, says even as young girls women don't learn how to play ball.