Empowering Working Women in Massachusetts – AAUW Salary Negotiation Programs

Learn to negotiate your financial future through an AAUW Work Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop!

Whether you are negotiating for a new job or an earned raise or promotion, in every workshop you will gain confidence to:

  • Identify and articulate your personal value
  • Develop an arsenal of persuasive responses and other negotiation strategies
  • Conduct objective market research to benchmark a target salary and benefits

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 82 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.

A Collaborative Initiative

AAUW and Office of State Treasurer and Receiver General, led by State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, launched a statewide initiative to teach 5,000 women a year to negotiate their salaries and benefit packages with confidence. The initiative also aims to help close the gender pay gap in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

In 2017, median earnings for men in Massachusetts were $65,939 compared with $54,646 for women — an earnings ratio of just 83 percent, or 13th out of all states. And for many women, the pay gap is wider. Latinas working in Massachusetts are paid 51 cents for every dollar white, non-Hispanic men are paid; African American women 56 cents; white, non-Hispanic women 82 cents; and Asian American women 92 cents.

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