The gender pay gap hurts women of all backgrounds, and it has far-reaching consequences for women’s financial security. Women working full time in the United States typically are paid just 80 percent of what men are paid. Latinas are paid 54 cents to 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; white women 75 cents; and Asian American women 85 cents. The gender pay gap starts just one year out of college with women making 82 cents to a man’s dollar, and the disadvantages only worsen over time. That’s is why it’s crucial to establish a fair salary early on.



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.

AAUW Start Smart is designed for college women who are approaching the job market and focuses on helping you negotiate for a new job.


AAUW Work Smart is designed for women who are already in the workforce at any career level and helps you negotiate for a new job, raise, or promotion.

More about AAUW

AAUW is the nation’s leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls. Since 1881, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political. AAUW continues to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

AAUW believes pay equity and equal opportunity are matters of simple fairness and is leading the charge to end pay discrimination and open doors for women in the workplace through several channels:

  • Connecting and rallying advocates at the local, state, and national levelsto advance strong pay equity legislation and enforcement that aims to shrink the gender pay gap
  • Conducting groundbreaking research on issues related to gender equity in the workplace and highlighting The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap and what we can do to end pay disparity
  • Supporting efforts to use the court system to challenge sex discrimination and unfair pay in the workplace