Women working full time in the U.S. are typically paid 79 percent of what men earn, and that gap is even wider for women of color. Boston aims to change this inequity by once again sponsoring salary negotiation workshops.
Mayor Marty Walsh launched the city's first salary negotiation workshops last year in partnership with the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the Office of Women's Advancement. The workshops are available at no cost to every woman in Boston.
"Last September we launched the first salary negotiation workshops in partnership with AAUW, with the goal of getting one step closer to closing the gender wage gap in the City of Boston," Mayor Walsh said in a statement. "One year later we have seen that not only is there a significant demand for these types of opportunities for women to learn these skills, but that the workshops are making a real difference, training over 1,500 women in the first year."
The City of Boston and the AAUW have a five year partnership aimed at training 85,000 women—half of the city's female workforce.
The gender pay gap starts just one year out of college and intensifies over the course of a career, according to information gathered by the city.
The AAUW Work Smart salary negotiation workshops are free and begin in the fall. The sessions are two hours long and focus on four key skills: making sure women know their value, how to identify a target salary and benefit package, know their strategy and "practice, practice, practice."
"I am excited to see the impact this will have on empowering working women in Boston and closing the gender wage gap, both in Boston and beyond," said Megan Costello, executive director of the Office of Women's Advancement.
AAUW President Patricia Fae Ho said that these workshops are necessary because "equal pay should not depend on where you live or where you work."
Workshops will be provided in every neighborhood throughout Boston and attendees will also be invited to participate in networking opportunities afterward. Find and register for a workshop here.