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Walsh's office aims to help bridge gender wage equality gap in Boston

Walsh hopes to help women who earn a disproportionate amount of money doing the same tasks as men.
Nic Czarnecki/Metro Boston

Mayor Marty Walsh’s Office of Women’s Advancement is working alongsideAmerican Association of University Women(AAUW) to level the pay gap playing field for women in Boston.

Walsh’s office is hosting salary negotiations workshops to help women bridge the gap that leaves full-time working women earningon average 78 percent of what their male counterparts earn.

According to the information from Walsh, the gender pay gap starts just one year out of college and worsens as time goes on for women workers.

The Work Smart salary negotiation workshop is a grassroots movement aimed at training and educating 85,000 women, or half of the working women in the city, within the next five years.

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Workshops will be held throughout the remainer of October into November:

  • Tuesday, 10/13, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., BCYF Hyde Park Community Center.
  • Thursday, 10/15, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., BCYF Roslindale Community Center.
  • Tuesday, 10/20, 5:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m., BCYF Holland Community Center.
  • Wednesday, 10/21, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., BCYF Tynan Community Center.
  • Tuesday, 10/27, 5:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m., BCYF Curtis Hall Community Center.
  • Wednesday, 10/28, 6 p.m. -8 p.m., Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building.
  • Monday, 11/2, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Spaulding Rehabilitation Network in Charlestown.
  • Thursday, 11/12,5:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m., East Boston Public Library.
  • Tuesday, 11/17, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., BCYF Tobin Community Center.
  • Thursday, 11/19, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Mattapan Public Library.

These courses are designed to empower women with the skills and confidence to negotiate their salary and benefits by teaching them the proper strategies and language ranging from salay offerings and pitches to understanding how to quantify the market value of their education and their experience.

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