Kansas and Missouri

Empowering Working Women in Kansas and Missouri

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 83 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.


AAUW CEO Kim Churches, Kansas City Mayor James SLY, and Wendy Doyle posing in front of an AAUW Banner
AAUW CEO Kim Churches, Kansas City Mayor "Sly" James and Women's Foundation CEO Wendy Doyle

A Collaborative Initiative

Kansas City

In 2018, AAUW, the Women’s Foundation, and Kansas City’s Mayor Sly James launched the first phase of a two-state initiative to empower 1 million women to successfully negotiate salary and benefits and close the gender pay gap in both Kansas and Missouri.


In September 2019 AAUW expanded our efforts in Kansas to include Wichita, launching a city-wide partnership with the Junior League of Wichita. AAUW and the Junior League will be hosting 24 Work Smart salary negotiation workshops across the city to empower women to advocate for themselves in the workplace.

In 2017, median annual earnings for men in Kansas were $49,267 compared to $37,931 for women — an earnings ratio of 77 percent, or 42nd out of all states and the District of Columbia, according to the most recent census data. In Missouri, median annual earnings for men were $47,436 compared to $37,339 for women — an earnings ratio of 79 percent, or 34th out of all states and the District of Columbia. And for many women, the pay gap is wider. This initiative will build momentum to close these gaps.

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 or Work Smart workshops scheduled at this time.