Work Smart

AAUW Work Smart

AAUW Work Smart is a successful salary negotiation workshop for working women in job transition and seeking promotions. One ingredient of the gender pay gap is women often don’t negotiate their salaries. We advocate on behalf of others with gusto, yet find it difficult to do the same for ourselves. This workshop teaches the skills to identify an individual’s unique skills, knowledge, and experience; how to communicate these in an interview; how to value these in the salary discussion; and how to negotiate for a salary based on these unique attributes.

AAUW Work Smart:

Closing the Pay Gap

Why Work Smart & Start Smart? Learn how to research your target salary, highlight your accomplishments and find the right words — and the confidence — to negotiate for better benefits and pay. You can sign up for a free in-person workshop or online course, which takes less than two hours to complete and can be done at your own pace.

Negotiating increases your potential to earn more — and can make the difference for paying off loans, supporting your family, buying what you want and need and saving for the future.

  • One year out of college, women are already paid significantly less than men.
  • The gap grows larger over time during a woman’s career.
  • Women who work full time take home about 82 cents for every dollar a full-time male worker is paid.
  • Unless things change, the pay gap will not close til 2106 — that’s why we’re empowering women nation-wide with salary negotiation skills — and working to change polices and employer culture.

Three Steps to Overcoming Negotiation Bias

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