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.

City Date Time Location Register
BostonMar 22, 20185:30–7:30 PMBoston Public Library- Codman Square
690 Washington Street Dorchester, MA 02124
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BostonApr 26, 20185:30–7:30 PMBoston Public Library- Codman Square
690 Washington Street Dorchester, MA 02124
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BostonApr 17, 20186:30–8:30 PMWeWork South Station
745 Atlantic Ave. Boston, MA 02111
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BostonApr 18, 20185:00–7:00 PMJVS CareerSolution
75 Federal Street 3rd Floor Boston, MA 02110
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BostonApr 18, 20186:00–8:00 PMRoxbury Innovation Center
2300 Washington St Boston, MA 02119
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BostonApr 19, 20185:30–7:30 PMNortheastern Crossing
1175 Tremont Street Boston, MA 02120
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BostonApr 10, 20186:30–8:30 PMGeneral Assembly Boston
125 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02110
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BostonApr 16, 20186:00–8:00 PMDistrict Hall
75 Northern Ave Boston, MA 02215
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BostonMar 19, 20186:00–8:00 PMDistrict Hall
75 Northern Ave Boston, MA 02215
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BostonMar 28, 20186:00–8:00 PMRoxbury Innovation Center
2300 Washington St Boston, MA 02119
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BostonApr 11, 20186:00–8:00 PMWorkbar Back Bay
399 Boylston St. Boston, MA 02116
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BostonMar 7, 20186:30–8:30 PMWeWork 200 Portland
200 Portland Street, Boston, MA 02114
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BostonMar 28, 20186:30–8:30 PMWeWork St. James
31 St James Ave, Boston, MA 02116
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BostonApr 5, 20186:30–8:30 PMWeWork Fort Point
51 Melcher Street Boston, MA 02210
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BostonMar 12, 20186:30–8:30 PMGeneral Assembly Boston
125 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02110
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BostonMar 14, 20183:00–5:00 PMJVC CareerSolution
75 Federal Street 3rd Floor Boston, MA 02110
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BostonMar 14, 20185:30–7:30 PMNortheastern Crossing
1175 Tremont Street Boston, MA 02120
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BostonFeb 21, 20185:00–7:00 PMJVS CareerSolution
75 Federal Street
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BostonFeb 26, 20186:00–8:00 PMWomenade BostonClosed workshop;
not open to the public.