A Collaborative Initiative

Boston SealIn 2015 the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, and the Mayor’s Office of Women’s Advancement launched a large-scale grassroots initiative to train 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.

Not in Boston? Learn about AAUW’s national salary negotiation workshops.

In the city of Boston, the median earnings of all women working part time or full time are 84 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. While Boston has a smaller gender pay gap than the national rate, a 16 percent gap is still far from gender parity.

Learn more about the gender pay gap.

About AAUW Work Smart

AAUW Work Smart is designed to help you negotiate for a new job as well as for earned raises or promotions. In every two-hour workshop, you’ll gain confidence in your negotiation style through facilitated discussion and role-play and learn

  • How to identify and articulate your personal value
  • How to develop an arsenal of persuasive responses and other negotiation strategies, including how to get a raise or promotion
  • How to conduct objective market research to benchmark a target salary and benefits
  • About the wage gap, including its long-term consequences

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 their male counterparts. Women who work full time take home 80 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, and even save for retirement.

Find a Boston workshop in the list below.

DATE AND TIME
LOCATION
ADDRESS
REGISTER
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
6–8:00 p.m. ET
Harvard Education Portal 224 Western Avenue Register Now »
Thursday, April 20, 2017
10 a.m.–12 p.m. ET
Project Place 1145 Washington Street Closed workshop; not open to the public
Thursday, April 20, 2017
6–8 p.m. ET
Boston University, Photonics Center — Women in Photonics Boston University Photonics Center, 8 St. Mary’s Street, Room 901 Closed workshop; not open to the public
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
3–5 p.m. ET
JVS CareerSolutions 75 Federal Street, 3rd Floor Register Now »
Thursday, April 27, 2017
6–8 p.m. ET
Boston Women’s Fund Cambridge Incubation Center (CIC), 50 Milk Street Register Now »
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
10 a.m.–12 p.m. ET
Successful Women in Clean Energy Roxbury Community College, 1234 Columbus Ave, Building #3, Room 103 Closed workshop; not open to the public
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
5:30–7:30 p.m. ET
NU Alumni Relations and SheLEADS Northeastern University Alumni Relations, 716 Columbus Avenue, 6th Floor Closed workshop; not open to the public
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
3–5 p.m. ET
Pearson Pearson, 501 Boylston Street, Suite 900 Closed workshop; not open to the public
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
8:30–10:30 a.m. ET
State Street 1 Lincoln Street Closed workshop; not open to the public
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
5:15–7:15 p.m. ET
BMC Health Net Plan Schrafft’s City Center, 529 Main Street, Suite 500 Closed workshop; not open to the public
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
5:30–7:30 p.m. ET
Workbar Boston 711 Atlantic Avenue Register Now »
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
6–8 p.m. ET
Boston Central Public Library
Sponsored by luna
700 Boylston Street, Commonwealth Salon Register Now »
Thursday, May 18, 2017
8–10 a.m. ET
Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce 265 Franklin Street Closed workshop; not open to the public
Monday, May 22, 2017
8–10 a.m. ET
Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce 265 Franklin Street Closed workshop; not open to the public
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
6–8:00 p.m. ET
New England Conservatory of Music Pierce Hall, 241 St Botolph Street Register Now »
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
5:30–7:30 p.m. ET
Northeastern Crossing
Sponsored by luna
Northeastern Crossing, 1175 Tremont Street Register Now »