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 teach 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 pay 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 men. 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
Jamaica PlainJun 30, 20182:00–4:00 PMBoston Public Library- Jamaica Plain
30 South Street
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BostonJun 27, 20186:00–8:00 PMRoxbury Innovation Center
2300 Washington Street
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West RoxburyJun 25, 20185:30–7:30 PMBoston Public Library- West Roxbury Branch
1961 Centre Street
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BrightonJun 25, 20185:30–7:30 PMBoston Public Library- Brighton Branch
40 Academy Hill Road
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BostonJun 23, 201810:00 AM–12:00 PMBoston Public Library- Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center (Copley)
700 Boylston Street, The Exchange
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CharlestownJun 21, 20185:30–7:30 PMBoston Public Library- Charlestown Branch
179 Main Street
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BostonJun 20, 20185:00–7:00 PMJVS CareerSolution
75 Federal Street, 3rd Floor
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BostonJun 18, 20186:00–8:00 PMDistrict Hall
75 Northern Avenue
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BostonJun 13, 20186:30–8:30 PMGeneral Assembly Boston
125 Summer Street
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BostonJun 12, 20186:00–8:00 PMWorkbar Back Bay
399 Boylston Street
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BostonJun 11, 20185:30–7:30 PMBoston Public Library- East Boston Branch
365 Bremen Street
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Jamaica PlainJun 4, 201810:30 AM–12:30 PMBoston Public Library- Jamaica Plain
30 South Street
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CharlestownJun 2, 201810:00 AM–12:00 PMBoston Public Library- Charlestown Branch
179 Main Street
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BostonMay 17, 20185:00–7:00 PMHuntington Theatre Company
264 Huntington Ave.
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In celebration of their new show Top Girls.
BostonMay 10, 20185:00–7:00 PMHuntington Theatre Company
281 Huntington Ave.
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In celebration of their new show Top Girls.
BostonMay 3, 20185:00–7:00 PMHuntington Theatre Company
281 Huntington Ave.
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In celebration of their new show Top Girls.
BostonMay 1, 20186:00–8:30 PMThe Boston Foundation
75 Arlington Street, 3rd Floor
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Hosted by The Latina Circle at The Boston Foundation
BostonMay 31, 20185:30–7:30 PMBoston Public Library- East Boston Branch
365 Bremen St.
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BostonMay 12, 201810:00 AM–12:00 PMBoston Public Library- East Boston Branch
365 Bremen St.
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BostonApr 25, 20185:00–7:00 PMThe Beehive at Boston Architectural College
951 Boylston Street, 1st Floor
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DorchesterApr 21, 201810:00 AM–12:00 PMBoston Public Library- Fields Corner
1520 Dorchester Ave.
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BostonMay 1, 20186:00–8:30 PMThe Boston Foundation
75 Arlington Street, # 1000
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Hosted by The Latina Circle
Hyde ParkJun 21, 20185:00–7:00 PMBoston Public Library- Hyde Park
35 Harvard Avenue
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Hyde ParkMay 31, 20185:00–7:00 PMBoston Public Library- Hyde Park
35 Harvard Avenue
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MattapanJun 19, 20185:30–7:30 PMBoston Public Library- Mattapan Branch
1350 Blue Hill Avenue
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MattapanMay 15, 20185:30–7:30 PMBoston Public Library- Mattapan Branch
1350 Blue Hill Avenue
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BostonMay 9, 20186:00–8:00 PMBoston Public Library- Kirstein Business Library
700 Boylston St.
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BostonMay 30, 20186:00–8:00 PMRoxbury Innovation Center
2300 Washington St.
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BostonMay 21, 20186:00–8:00 PMDistrict Hall
75 Northern Ave.
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BostonMay 16, 20185:00–7:00 PMJVS CareerSolution
75 Federal Street, 3rd Floor
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BostonMay 29, 20186:30–8:30 PMWeWork St. James
31 St James Ave.
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BostonMay 15, 20186:30–8:30 PMWeWork One Beacon
1 Beacon St.
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BostonMay 8, 20186:30–8:30 PMGeneral Assembly Boston
125 Summer Street
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BostonMay 2, 20186:00–8:00 PMWorkbar Back Bay
399 Boylston St.
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BrightonApr 30, 20185:30–7:30 PMBoston Public Library- Brighton Branch
40 Academy Hill Rd.
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AllstonMay 23, 20185:00–7:00 PMBoston Public Library- Honan-Allston Branch
300 N Harvard St.
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AllstonApr 25, 20185:00–7:00 PMBoston Public Library- Honan-Allston Branch
300 N Harvard St.
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BostonApr 26, 20185:30–7:30 PMBoston Public Library- Codman Square
690 Washington Street
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BostonApr 19, 20185:30–7:30 PMNortheastern Crossing
1175 Tremont Street
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Let me know when new Boston workshops are added.