Empowering Working Women in Boston

Learn to negotiate your financial future through an AAUW Work Smart salary negotiation workshop!

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Whether you are negotiating for a new job or an earned raise or promotion, in every workshop you will gain confidence to:

  • Determine your personal value.
  • Set your target salary and benefits.
  • Create your strategy — how to build your pitch, deflect and respond persuasively.
  • Practice, practice, practice.

Why is negotiation so important? AAUW’s research on the gender pay gap shows that, one year out of college, women are already paid significantly less than men. Women who work full time take home 82 cents for every dollar a full-time male worker is paid. And over a lifetime, those lost potential earnings add up.

Women who negotiate increase their potential to earn higher salaries and better benefits packages. By negotiating fair and equitable salaries, you’ll be better able to:

  • Pay off loans
  • Buy the things you want and need
  • Even save for retirement.

Closing the Pay Gap in Boston

In 2015, AAUW, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, and the Mayor’s Office of Women’s Advancement launched a large-scale grassroots initiative to teach and empower 85,000 women by 2021 to confidently and successfully negotiate for salary and benefits packages and help close the gender pay gap in Boston.

Seal of the City of Boston, Office of the MayorIn the city of Boston, the median earnings of all women working part time or full time are 81 percent of what working men are paid (based on the Boston Redevelopment Authority’s analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data). Men working full time in Boston are almost twice as likely as women working full time to earn $100,000 or more per year.

 

All in-person workshops have been postponed.

As a result of the ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19 and the need for physical distancing, there are no in-person Start Smart and Work Smart workshops scheduled at this time.

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