Empowering Working Women in Massachusetts

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.
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AAUW program participants

A Collaborative Initiative

AAUW and Office of State Treasurer and Receiver General, led by State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, launched a statewide initiative to teach 5,000 women a year to negotiate their salaries and benefit packages with confidence. The initiative also aims to help close the gender pay gap in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

In 2017, median earnings for men in Massachusetts were $65,939 compared with $54,646 for women — an earnings ratio of just 83 percent, or 13th out of all states. And for many women, the pay gap is wider. Latinas working in Massachusetts are paid 51 cents for every dollar white, non-Hispanic men are paid; African American women 56 cents; white, non-Hispanic women 82 cents; and Asian American women 92 cents.

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.

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