I am a woman nearing 40 who recently left academia for a job on an entry level paygrade in an industry where my talents seem to be going to good use and I am doing some good for the world. My heart is really in it, but my pay continues to stagnate and I am less senior than I should be. They are getting a big bang for their buck and just tell me to be patient. I cannot seem to get another job to improve my negotiating power. I have days where I feel so worthless. Should I threaten to quit unless they promote me?

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