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
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
Wednesday, June 07, 2017,
3:30–5:30 p.m. ET
Nitsch Engineering 2 Center Plaza, Suite 430 Closed workshop; not open to the public
Thursday, June 08, 2017,
6–8 p.m. ET
McGraw-Hill Education Labs 281 Summer Street Register Now »
Monday, June 12, 2017,
6–8 p.m. ET
New England Conservatory of Music 241 St Botolph Street, Pierce Hall Register Now »
Tuesday, June 13, 2017,
6–8 p.m. ET
UMass Boston Integrated Science Complex 100 Morrissey Blvd, First Floor (Room 1400) Closed workshop; not open to the public
Wednesday, June 14, 2017,
5–7 p.m. ET
JVS CareerSolution 75 Federal Street, 3rd Floor Register Now »
Wednesday, June 14, 2017,
6–8 p.m. ET
District Hall 75 Northern Avenue Register Now »
Thursday, June 15, 2017,
5:30–7:30 p.m. ET
Brighton Public Library 40 Academy Hill Road Register Now »
Thursday, June 22, 2017,
6–8 p.m. ET
Impact Hub Boston 50 Milk Street Register Now »
Tuesday, June 27, 2017,
6–8 p.m. ET
BCYF Roslindale Community Center 6 Cummins Hwy Register Now »
Wednesday, June 28, 2017,
5:30–7:30 p.m. ET
Northeastern Crossing
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1175 Tremont Street Register Now »
Monday, July 10, 2017,
10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. ET
JVS CareerSolution 75 Federal Street, 3rd Floor Register Now »
Monday, July 10, 2017,
5:30–7:30 p.m. ET
East Boston Public Library 365 Bremen Street Register Now »
Tuesday, July 11, 2017,
6–8 p.m. ET
Harvard Education Portal 224 Western Avenue Register Now »
Monday, July 17, 2017,
6:30–8:30 p.m. ET
General Assembly 125 Summer Street, 13th Register Now »
Tuesday, July 18, 2017,
12:00–2:00 p.m. ET
Northeastern Crossing 1175 Tremont Street Register Now »