As part of a series to mark Equal Pay Day, Moneyish asked some prominent women to share their thoughts and experiences around equal pay. Read more here.

I work as hard, or harder, as any man I have ever encountered. And to my knowledge, I have made as much money as any man in similar business positions.

Equal Pay Day is a non-starter in my opinion. I am so tired of talking about equal pay this and equal pay that. We’re better and more valuable than that and we’re wasting time. Stop talking about it and grab the bull by the horns.

Sure, my personal experiences in the work world are very different from that of most women in my age bracket.

I’ve avoided the corporate environment my entire life. I’ve always been an entrepreneur and have never followed rules. I come from a place where women own their own businesses. And rather than conforming to corporate culture and the related BS, I believe we should make our own culture.

As a boss, I treat people equally whether a man or a woman. I structure pay based on experience and what value an employee will bring to my organization. And I believe you get what you ask for — women need to raise their voices and be heard when asking for equal treatment and compensation — regardless of who they are asking.

The only time I’ve ever experienced a double standard that was gender-based was when I’ve had to raise money for my various businesses. VCs love male-led businesses even when the product is for women, thought it makes no sense. My response to that is to work harder to find the right investors.

Why can’t every woman be her own boss? Why don’t women dream the big dream? Create your own conversation and don’t ever let the idea of unequal pay become a topic.

Maria Peevey is the founder of TheReset.com, a digital homebase for a new generation of women who are choosing to do things differently. Follow Maria on Twitter at @TheResetSocial.

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