A Collaborative Initiative
The American Association of University Women (AAUW), Friends of the Commission on the Status of Women, and the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women launched a large-scale, grassroots initiative to teach 20,000 women by 2020 to negotiate their salaries and benefits packages with confidence. The initiative also aims to help close the gender pay gap in San Francisco.
In 2015, median earnings for men in the San Francisco metro area were $75,997 compared with $61,764 for women — an earnings ratio of just 81 percent. While San Francisco has a smaller gender pay gap than many states do, a 19 percent gap is still far from gender parity. And for most women, the pay gap is wider. Latinas working in San Francisco are paid 39 cents for every dollar white, non-Hispanic men are paid; African American women 47 cents; and Asian American women 64 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.