American Association of University Women (AAUW) Long Beach is offering a free pay and benefits negotiation workshop Thursday, June 27, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Long Beach/Signal Hill WorkPlace, 4811 Airport Plaza Drive, Suite 120, Long Beach, CA 90815.
The 2-hour interactive workshop features a trained facilitator and created for working women to evaluate, negotiate, and articulate their worth confidently in the job market, whether striving for a promotion, asking for a raise, or negotiating for a position with a new organization or company. It includes strategies, exercises, and role-playing opportunities. Over 360 have locally learned these effective skills since late 2016. Each AAUW Work Smart workshop is limited to 40 attendees with registration available at salary.aauw.org/longbeach.
The Paycheck Fairness Act passed the House, but not yet the Senate. There’s still a great need for everyone to know what their rights are with regard to equal pay and to learn how to use that information to best advantage. AAUW Work Smart meets that need.
Based on the latest data (2017), full-time working women in the United States earned 80% of what men earned. In California, the figure is 89% – better, but still not at parity. A portion of this gap is attributed to women’s lack of knowledge in how to best negotiate for their pay and benefit package.
Originally developed in Boston to close the gender pay gap using a personally empowering strategy, the program is now spreading across the country, thanks to the efforts of AAUW. “We brought this program to Long Beach because a lifetime of not maximizing earnings has major impacts on the quality of women’s lives and that of their families,” according to Sharon Westafer, immediate past Co-President of AAUW Long Beach and a Co-Program Coordinator of AAUW Work Smart in Long Beach.
The AAUW Long Beach branch has been actively involved in the community since 1911. The mission of AAUW is to advance equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy, with membership open to those with an AA degree or greater. For details about membership in AAUW and the local Branch, or to find out more about AAUW Work Smart in Long Beach, please visit www.aauw-longbeach.org.
This article was released by the AAUW Long Beach.