A Collaborative Initiative
The American Association of University Women (AAUW), Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser, the Mayor’s Office on Women’s Policy and Initiatives, and the Younger Women’s Task Force Washington (DC) Chapter launched a large-scale grassroots initiative to teach 15,000 women by 2022 to negotiate their salaries and benefit packages with confidence. The initiative also aims to help close the gender pay gap in the District of Columbia.
In 2015, median earnings for men in the District of Columbia were $72,230 compared to $62,191 for women — an earnings ratio of just 86 percent, or fourth out of all states (including D.C.). While D.C. has a smaller gender pay gap than most states do, a 14 percent gap is still far from gender parity. And for most women, the pay gap is wider. Latinas working in the nation’s capital are paid 50 cents for every dollar white, non-Hispanic men are paid; African American women 56 cents; American Indian women 70 cents; and Asian American women 75 cents.
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 a fair and equitable salary, you’ll be better able to pay off loans, buy the things you want and need, and even save for retirement.