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
Monday, September 18, 2017,
6:30–8:30 PM
General Assembly 125 Summer Street, 13th Register Now »
Wednesday, September 20, 2017,
6:30–8:30 PM
Museum of Fine Arts 465 Huntington Avenue, Riley Room Closed workshop; not open to the public
Wednesday, September 20, 2017,
6:30–8:30 PM
Fenway Health 1340 Boylston Street, 9th Floor Register Now »
Wednesday, September 20, 2017,
6–8 PM
Harvard Education Portal 224 Western Avenue Register Now »
Wednesday, September 20, 2017,
12–2 PM
Massachusetts State House 24 Beacon Street, 428 Register Now »
Monday, September 25, 2017,
6–8 PM
New England Conservatory 241 St Botolph Street, Pierce Hall Register Now »
Tuesday, September 26, 2017,
6–8 PM
Ellevate Network Ellevate 28 State Street. 27th floor Closed workshop; not open to the public
Wednesday, September 27, 2017,
6–8 PM
Boston Central Public Library 700 Boylston Street, Commonwealth Room Register Now »
Monday, October 02, 2017,
6–8 PM
District Hall 75 Northern Avenue Register Now »
Wednesday, October 11, 2017,
5:30–7:30 PM
Boston Central Public Library 700 Boylston Street, The Exchange Room Closed workshop; not open to the public
Thursday, October 12, 2017,
5:30–7:30 PM
Northeastern Crossing 1175 Tremont Street Register Now »
Monday, October 16, 2017,
6:30–8:30 PM
General Assembly 125 Summer Street, 13th Floor Register Now »
Wednesday, October 18, 2017,
3–5 PM
JVS CareerSolution 75 Federal Street, 3rd Floor Register Now »
Saturday, October 21, 2017,
12:30–2:30 PM
UMass Boston 100 Morrissey Blvd Closed workshop; not open to the public
Wednesday, October 25, 2017,
2–3:30 PM
UMass Boston 100 Morrissey Blvd, Campus Center 2nd Floor, Room 2540 Closed workshop; not open to the public
Thursday, October 26, 2017,
6–8 PM
Junior League Boston 117 Newbury Street Closed workshop; not open to the public
Thursday, October 26, 2017,
5:30–7:30 PM
Jamaica Plain Public Library 30 South Street Register Now »
Monday, November 06, 2017,
5–7 PM
Northeastern University   Closed workshop; not open to the public
Wednesday, November 08, 2017,
5:30–7:30 PM
Boston Central Public Library 700 Boylston Street, The Exchange Room Register Now »
Thursday, November 09, 2017,
5:30–7:30 PM
Northeastern Crossing 1175 Tremont Street Register Now »
Tuesday, November 14, 2017,
6:30–8:30 PM
General Assembly 125 Summer Street, 13th Floor Register Now »