Our Story – AAUW Salary Negotiation Programs

Who Are We?

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that works to champion equity for women and girls. Since 1881, we have been a catalyst for positive change, from boosting young women’s access to education, to shaping public policy and producing groundbreaking research on gender equity. Today, AAUW is guided by a bold, new vision: to ensure equity for all by focusing on the three critical areas where we can make the biggest difference in the lives of women and girls — education and training, economic security, and leadership.

At AAUW, we’ve committed to reaching 10 million women to negotiate fair and equitable salaries and benefits by 2022, and end the gender pay gap by 2030. AAUW is working nationally and locally on enhancing policies and laws, working with employers to improve practices, and training women in effective salary negotiation.

Our Salary Negotiation Programs

AAUW Salary Negotiation Programs are designed to empower women with the skills and confidence to negotiate for fair pay. Participants learn how to research competitive salaries, articulate their skills, qualifications and experience, and ask for — and get — the pay they deserve.

Why Salary Negotiation?

The gender pay gap is the difference between what an average woman working full-time is paid compared to the average man. AAUW’s Salary Negotiation Programs teach women at all stages of their career how to negotiate their pay, resulting in improved financial futures for themselves and their families. While the pay gap results from many factors — including discrimination — gender differences in salary negotiation play a role. Learning to confidently negotiate your salary will help ensure you earn the pay and benefits you deserve.

How Is AAUW closing the gender pay gap?

AAUW Start Smart and AAUW Work Smart are programs of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) that take an important step toward closing the pay gap. Informed by reliable research, both workshops are designed to empower women with the skills and confidence they need to successfully negotiate their salary and benefits.

The workshop curricula employ the latest in research and negotiation strategies to help women navigate the complexities of job offers and promotion opportunities. Women come away from the workshops knowing how to determine their market worth based on their skills, experience, performance, qualifications, and responsibilities on the job and having the tools and business strategies they need to successfully negotiate for fair pay for the rest of their careers.

Contact Us

Questions? email us at salary@aauw.org


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