Gender Pay Equity

SALARY NEGOTIATING SKILLS WORKSHOPS

OCTOBER 5 AND FEBRUARY 1 AT WOMEN’S RESOURCE CENTER

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) Greensboro Branch is launching a comprehensive campaign to address the serious issue of gender pay gap in the Triad region. In the next year, AAUW will offer six free workshops to working women, to women re-entering the workforce, and to women who are completing associate, bachelors, or graduate degrees.

In partnership with the City of Greensboro Commission on the Status of Women and with funding from The Women’s Professional Forum Foundation, AAUW Greensboro will educate women on the pay-gap problem and train women on how to research career opportunities and develop strategies for improving their economic opportunities.

An important component of the program will be learning negotiation skills, an area that research shows is important to women’s success. The skills include benchmarking salary and benefits based on the attendees’ job and the career paths. Certified facilitators, using the research-based two-hour AAUW National workshop materials, will cover techniques and best-practices; then attendees will participate in role-play sessions to communicate what they have learned about their personal job worth and their career goals.

“We know that the gender pay gap is complex. Nationally a woman earns about 20% less than a man in comparable work, but in our local area that can range from 10 % less to 30 % less depending on the job and career path. We think women can improve opportunities, both in the choices they make and by gaining knowledge about the salary range and by developing strategies to combat silent gender bias,” said Laura Tew, AAUW Greensboro program coordinator. “We encourage employers and counselors to register for our free Work Smart and Start Smart sessions, posted on our website, so that they can also contribute to this important conversation.”