Empowering Working Women in D.C.

In 2015, women working full time in Washington, D.C., typically were paid just 86 percent of what men were paid. While D.C. has a smaller gender pay gap than most states do, a 14 percent gap is still far from gender parity. And for most women, the pay gap is wider. African American women working in the nation’s capital are paid 56 cents for every dollar white, non-Hispanic men are paid; Latina women 50 cents; American Indian women 70 cents; and Asian American women 75 cents.

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AAUW, Mayor Muriel Bowser, the Mayor’s Office on Women’s Policy and Initiatives, and the Younger Women’s Task Force Washington (DC) Chapter have joined forces in an initiative to train women to confidently and successfully negotiate salary and benefits packages. To help accomplish this, we are implementing a large-scale, grassroots program to provide AAUW Work Smart salary negotiation workshops to more than 15,000 women in the next five years. The project is well underway; as of fall 2016, more than 100 women in D.C. have attended a workshop.


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 worse. 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 a 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.Don’t see a workshop for you? More locations will be coming. Add your name to the wait list to get a notification.

Date Time Location Address
Thursday, February 23 6:30pm — 8:30pm EST UDC Backus 5171 South Dakota Ave NE, Washington, DC (Fort Totten Metro) Register
Wednesday, March 22 6:30pm — 8:30pm EST RISE Demonstration Center 2730 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE, Washington, DC (Congress Heights Metro) Register
Tuesday, April 4 6:30pm — 8:30pm EST 200 Eye Street SE (Workshop #1) 200 Eye Street SE, Washington, DC (Navy Yard Metro, Capitol South Metro) Register
Tuesday, April 4 6:30pm — 8:30pm EST 200 Eye Street SE (Workshop #2) 200 Eye Street SE, Washington, DC (Navy Yard Metro, Capitol South Metro) Register
Saturday, April 22 11:30am — 1:30pm EST Mt. Pleasant Library 3160 16th St NW, Washington, DC (Columbia Heights Metro) Register

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 facilitator portal.
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 D.C. can access password-protected workshop materials, including a workshop script, workbook, and presentation slides.

Questions? Please e-mail AAUW for more information.