The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is working to close the gender pay gap by 2030! Join the 10 million women across the U.S. being trained in salary negotiation. Learn how to improve your financial future and secure the pay you deserve.
What is the pay gap?
The difference between what an average woman working full-time is paid compared to the average man. American women earn only 80 percent of their male counterparts, a pay gap of 20 percent. Black and Hispanic women earn even less. Even just one year out of college, women are paid 18 percent less than men.
Why does it matter?
The pay gap has lifelong financial effects that grow over time, from the ability to pay for education and childcare to saving for retirement, impacting women in nearly every profession. The Work Smart program teaches women at all stages of their career how to negotiate their pay, resulting in improved financial futures for themselves and their families.
Why is Work Smart the answer?
While the pay gap results from many factors — including discrimination — gender differences in salary negotiation play a role. Men are four times more likely to negotiate their starting salary, and negotiations on average result in higher pay. Learning to confidently negotiate your salary will help ensure you earn the pay and benefits you deserve.
How it works:
At one of our free, two-hour salary negotiation workshops, you will learn:
- Identify and articulate your personal value
- Develop an arsenal of persuasive responses and other negotiation strategies
- Conduct objective market research to benchmark a target salary and benefits
- About the wage gap, including its long-term consequences on your career
Work Smart results:
The Work Smart program has already trained more than 30,000 women, and nearly all participants report increased knowledge, skills, and confidence in negotiating. A study of the AAUW Work Smart in Boston program’s first year found nearly half of workshop participants successfully negotiated a competitive starting salary or pay raise following their training. Women come away from the workshops knowing how to determine their market worth based on their skills, experience, performance, qualifications, and responsibilities on the job and having the tools and business strategies they need to successfully negotiate for fair pay for the rest of their careers.
The Hayward/Castro Valley Branch of the AAUW invites you to join us in our support of issues important to the status and well-being of women. We have been active in the community for over 72 years, since 1941 when our branch was founded.
AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, research and philanthropy. Our national association sponsors research into equity for girls and women in education and business; provides legal advocacy and financial support to women facing discrimination or sexual harassment in the workplace or in schools of higher education; provides grants and fellowships to graduate women; and publishes important research about issues such as technical training, pay equity, and their latest research Deep er In Debt.
Locally we work with our libraries providing uplifting programs that support the mission of AAUW. We also network with the League of Women voters to provide nonpartisan information to the community about issues and candidates, and we support the work of FESCO and the Emergency Shelter Program in their efforts to assist women in crisis.
We raise funds for Tech Trek to send 7th grade girls who are interested in math or science to a six day camp at Sonoma State. Our method of raising these funds is a dinner at Gianni’s . We provide the waitresses and receive 10% of the evening proceeds and all the tips.
We also have a pancake breakfast at Knudson’s to raise funds for Tech Trek.
The Souper Supper is to raise funds to send a Chabot College student to the University of Maryland for a leadership conference sponsored by AAUW National. The newly chosen Tech Trek girls and their families are invited to the Souper Supper as our guests.
Special Interest Groups
Our members also experience fun and friendship through participation in interest groups of their choice: drama reading, book reviews, dining out, Bunco, excursions and others. They enjoy social events such as picnics, and our annual holiday party . General meetings are informative and interesting and cover the topics that have been researched by AAUW such as Bullying and Title IX. Our members highly value their associations with the intelligent and talented women and men they meet through AAUW. See the Shareline Newsletter for more information, meeting times and places.
In principle and in practice, AAUW values and seeks a diverse membership. There shall be no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin or disability.
Now more than ever, the American Association of University Women needs strength in numbers. With more than 170,000 members and supporters, 1,000 branches, and 800 college and university partners, AAUW uses its powerful voice on critical issues affecting women and girls.
The only requirement for membership in AAUW is that you have a AA degree or higher and are committed to promoting causes important to women.
If you are an undergraduate working toward an associate’s or bachelor’s degree, get involved by becoming an AAUW student affiliate.
We warmly invite you to join our branch, or just join us for an event. For more information, contact Liz Bathgate by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more about the benefits of membership, including national and regional activities, access to fellowships, grants, and awards and AAUW membership discounts.