The Wall Street Journal

There’s Another Gender Pay Gap: Stock Options

When she sat down to talk to the then-chief financial officer of Lululemon Athletica about a business-development position in 2009, she had already spent four years as a corporate attorney, developing stock-option plans for companies and helping to facilitate mergers and acquisitions alongside investment bankers. “I decided, based on my experience, to use whatever negotiating experience and time with him that I could create to just focus on the equity,” says Ms. Harley, adding that she saw more upside to that than negotiating over her base salary. According to Ms. Harley, when her future boss offered her 10,000 stock options, she asked for four times that, and was awarded 20,000 options with a strike price of about $10 a share.


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