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Workshops to help women with Boston jobs

Posted on September 30, 2015

A slew of new salary workshops are set to help women negotiate salaries for Boston jobs.

The city has a five-year partnership with the American Association of University Women (AAUW) to offer free salary negotiation workshops available to every woman in the city of Boston, called “AAUW Work Smart in Boston”. The goal is to train half of Boston’s working women, or 85,000 women, over the next five years.

Mayor Walsh has been committed to making Boston the premier place for working women. As part of a multi-pronged approach to close the gender wage gap, the free workshops are aimed at empowering women to know their value and will provide them concrete skills when they are at the negotiation table.

Attendees will participate in a two-hour workshop and will learn four key skills:

1. Step 1: Know your value

2. Step 2: Identify a Target Salary and Benefit Package

3. Step 3: Know Your Strategy

4. Step 4: Practice, Practice, Practice

“We are so excited to provide the working women of Boston these one of a kind workshops,” said Megan Costello, Executive Director of the Mayors of Women’s Advancement “We know that the gender wage gap still exists, so it’s important to work with both employers and individuals to shift the culture and ensure women are given equal opportunities.”

“AAUW fights tirelessly for fair pay at the national and local levels. Thanks to this new collaboration with Mayor Walsh, we’ll have an even greater impact because we are stronger working together,” said AAUW CEO Linda D. Hallman, CAE. “We will make monumental change in Boston and set an example for the nation right here in the city where AAUW was founded more than a century ago.”