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
Monday, July 10, 2017,
10 a.m.–12 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,
3–5 p.m. ET
Vertex Pharmaceuticals 50 Northern Avenue Closed workshop; not open to the public.
Monday, July 17, 2017,
6:30–8:30 p.m. ET
General Assembly 125 Summer Street, 13th Register Now »
Tuesday, July 18, 2017,
12–2 p.m. ET
Northeastern Crossing 1175 Tremont Street Register Now »
Thursday, July 20, 2017,
6–8 p.m. ET
BCYF Tobin Community Center 1481 Tremont Street, 2nd Floor Register Now »
Thursday, July 20, 2017,
6–8 p.m. ET
Cambridge Incubation Center (CIC) 50 Milk Street, Anchor Room; 1st Floor Register Now »
Monday, July 24, 2017,
5:30–7:30 p.m. ET
Hyde Park Public Library 35 Harvard Avenue, Menino Hall Register Now »
Thursday, July 27, 2017,
6–8 p.m. ET
Hatch Fenway Landmark Center, 401 Park Drive, 8th Fl Register Now »
Thursday, August 03, 2017,
6–8 p.m. ET
Impact Hub Boston 50 Milk Street, Anchor Room; 1st Floor Register Now »
Tuesday, August 15, 2017,
4–6 p.m. ET
State Street Alumni Relations 1 Iron Street Closed workshop; not open to the public.
Thursday, August 17, 2017,
5:30–7:30 p.m. ET
Mattapan Public Library 1350 Blue Hill Avenue Register Now »
Thursday, September 07, 2017,
5:30–7:30 p.m. ET
Jamaica Plain Public Library 30 South Street Register Now »
Wednesday, September 20, 2017,
6–8 p.m. ET
Harvard Education Portal 224 Western Avenue Register Now »
Monday, September 25, 2017,
6–8 p.m. ET
New England Conservatory 241 St Botolph Street, Pierce Hall Register Now »
Monday, October 02, 2017,
6–8 p.m. ET
District Hall 75 Northern Avenue Register Now »