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Boston’s Working
Women in 5 Years

In the city of Boston, the median earnings of all part- and full-time women in the workforce are 84 percent of male workers’ earnings (estimate based on BRA Research Division analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data). Full-time male workers in Boston are almost twice as likely as female full-time workers to earn $100,000 dollars or more per year.

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the Mayor’s Office of Women’s Advancement, and AAUW have joined forces in an initiative to make Boston the first city to close the gender pay gap. To help accomplish this, we are implementing a large-scale, grassroots program to provide AAUW Work Smart salary negotiation workshops to 85,000 women — at least half of Boston’s working women — in the next five years.

Not in Boston? Learn more about AAUW’s national salary negotiation workshops »

A Collaborative Initiative for Equal Pay for Women

Women working full time in the United States typically are paid just 80 percent of what men are paid, a gap of 20 percent. For women of color, the gap is even wider. Nationally, Latina women are paid 54 cents for every dollar white, non-Hispanic men are paid; American Indian and Alaska Native women 58 cents; Native Hawaiian women 60 cents; African American women 63 cents; and Asian American women 85 cents. The gender pay gap starts just one year out of college, and the damage only gets worse over the course of a career, which is why it’s crucial to establish a fair salary early on.

About AAUW Work Smart

Created for working women, AAUW Work Smart is an interactive workshop that teaches women to evaluate, negotiate, and articulate their worth confidently in the job market. Whether striving for a promotion, asking for a raise, or negotiating a new salary, attendees will learn how to conduct objective research to establish an equitable target salary. Expert facilitators lead discussions on the gender pay gap and its personal effects, while small group activities and role-play exercises give participants the opportunity to create and perfect their persuasive pitch.

Attendees can expect to learn

  • About the gender pay gap, including its personal consequences
  • How to quantify the market value of their education, skills, and experience
  • How to conduct objective market research and determine a fair target salary
  • How to create a strategic pitch and respond to salary offers

Why Negotiation?

AAUW’s groundbreaking research on the gender pay gap shows that one year out of college, women are already earning significantly less than their male counterparts. Women who negotiate can earn higher salaries and better benefits, and these advantages add up over time. Negotiation ensures that women are putting a fair price on their work and sets a benchmark for future salary increases. By negotiating fair and equitable salaries, women are better positioned to pay off student loans and save for retirement, which add up to greater economic security.


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Find and Register for a Workshop

Choose a workshop to attend for free. More workshops will be posted here as they are scheduled.

Date Time Location Address
Thursday, January 12 6:30pm-8:30pm WeWork South Station 745 Atlantic Avenue
Boston, MA
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Wednesday, January 18 5:30pm-7:30pm JVS CareerSolutions 75 Federal Street
Boston, MA;
3rd Floor
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Thursday, January 19 5:30pm-7:30pm Crudo 78 Salem Street
Boston, MA
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Thursday, January 19 5:30pm-7:30pm Brighton Workbar 1660 Soldiers Field Rd
Brighton, MA 02135
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Tuesday, January 23 5:00pm-7:00pm HubSpot 2 Canal Park Cambridge, MA 02141 Closed workshop, not opened to the public
Tuesday, January 24 5:30pm-7:30pm Boston University Graduate Women in Science and Engineering Boston University Life Science and Engineering Building
24 Cummington Mall
Room 103
Boston, MA 02115
Closed workshop not opened to the public
Wednesday, January 25 6:00pm-8:00pm Bottom Line 500 Amory Street; St. 3 Jamaica Plain, MA Register now
Wednesday, January 26 6:00pm-8:00pm New England Conservatory of Music 290 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA
Keller Room
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Thursday, February 9 4:00pm-6:00pm Northeastern Women in MBA Northeastern University, 360 Huntington Ave. Boston, MA (Richards Hall; Room 229) Closed workshop, not opened to the public
Saturday, February 11 11:00am-1:00pm South End Public Library 685 Tremont Street
Boston, MA
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Tuesday, February 14 1:30pm-3:30pm JVS CareerSolutions 75 Federal Street
Boston, MA; 3rd Floor
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Wednesday, February 15 8:00am-10:00am Boston College Club 100 Federal Street
Boston, MA 02110
Closed workshop, not opened to the public
Saturday, February 25 10:00am-12:00pm East Boston Public Library 365 Bremen Street
Boston, MA
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Tuesday, February 28 5:00pm-7:00pm WELL Group Boston Society of Architects,
290 Congress Street
Boston, MA
Closed workshop, not opened to the public
Tuesday, February 28 5:30pm-7:30pm Northeastern Crossing 1175 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02120
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Don’t see a workshop for you? More locations will be coming. Add your name to the wait list to get a notification.

Host a Workshop

You can play a part in bringing a salary negotiation workshop to your community. Fill out this brief form and we’ll get in touch with you!

Become a Workshop Facilitator

We rely on a team of facilitators to teach participants about pay equity and salary negotiation strategies using our research-based curriculum materials. Here’s what it takes to become a facilitator:

1. Register for a training.

As part of your training, you will observe the salary negotiation workshop materials and attend a training either online or in person.

Upcoming training webinars:

    • Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 4:00pm-5:30pm ET
    • Thursday, January 19, 2017, 11:00am-12:30pm ET
    • Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 11:00am-12:30pm ET
    • Thursday, February 16, 2017, 8:00pm-9:30pm ET
    • Thursday, March 2, 2017, 11:00am-12:30pm ET
    • Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 4:00pm-5:30pm ET
    • Thursday, April 6, 2017, 8:00pm-9:30pm ET
    • Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 11:00am-12:30pm ET
    • Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 4:00pm-5:30pm ET
    • Thursday, May 18, 2017, 11:00am-12:30pm ET

2. Attend a Work Smart workshop or view our online content.

We can let you know if there is an upcoming workshop near you. If not, we have lots of other materials to help you prepare!

3. Facilitate a workshop.

After you attend a training, you’ll join our facilitator roster and be asked to facilitate workshops.

4. Join our network.

One you’re trained, you automatically join a network of other facilitators who receive coaching and mentoring before and after workshops. We host a seasonal conference call for all facilitators to discuss best practices as well as answer any questions you might have.

5. Get up to date.

Once a year, you’ll be required to attend a refresher training. We’ll focus on improving your facilitation skills as well as sharing any changes or updates to the salary negotiation program.

For certified facilitators

Current Work Smart facilitators in Boston can access password-protected workshop materials including a workshop script, workbook, and presentation slides.

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Questions? Please e-mail Kristina Desir for more information.