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Equal Pay Day takes place each April, symbolizing how many days into the year that women have to work to earn the same amount that men earned as of December 31st the previous year. Today, women who work full-time earn, on average, 77 cents for every dollar that men earn. Compared with white men, African American women earn 67 cents on the dollar, and Hispanic women earn about 58 cents. One year out of college, women working full-time earn only 80% as much as their male colleagues earn, even when they have the same degree and the same job. Ten years after graduation, women fall further behind, earning only 69% as much as men earn. While the issues associated with the gender wage gap are complex, negotiation skills are identified as one key component to reducing the pay gap between men and women.

The $tart$mart campus initiative is a collaboration between the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the WAGE Project, developed to empower college women and provide them with the tools to negotiate salaries and benefits as they approach the job market. $tart$mart campus salary negotiation workshops are three-hour, nuts-and-bolts trainings, designed to help college women obtain fair and realistic first salaries. Workshop participants engage in role-play exercises to gain concrete negotiation skills, learn about the personal consequences of the gender wage gap, learn how to benchmark reasonable salaries and benefits, and gain insight into their bottom line and how to budget.

Please complete all of the required information in this form regarding your proposed workshop and someone will contact you to solidify a time, date, and any other logistics.  To ensure we can schedule facilitators to accommodate your request, requests must be made at least two weeks (14 days) in advance.

For additional information about the $tart$mart salary negotiation workshop, contact Mallory at the Women's Center.


The Equal Pay Act of 1963 
Morning Edition: Clip on Income Discrepancy
NPR: Ask For A Raise? Most Women Hesitate
NOW: Facts about Pay  Inequity and What You Can Do
Catalyst Quick Takes: Women's Earnings and Income 2011
3 Years after the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act: How Women Continue to be Shortchanged
National Committee on Pay Equity: Profile on the Gender Wage Gap.

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  • March is Women's Month!!  Program proposals for inclusion on the Women's Month calendar are due by Tuesday, January 31st @ 11:59PM EST
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  • $tart$mart Salary Negotiation Workshops are back!!!  To request a program, complete this form.