Start Smart

How Is AAUW helping to close the gender pay gap?

AAUW Start Smart (and AAUW Work Smart) are  programs that take an important step toward closing the pay gap. Informed by reliable research, theses AAUW workshops are designed to empower women with the skills and confidence they need to successfully negotiate their salary and benefits. The workshop curricula employ the latest in research and negotiation strategies to help women navigate the complexities of job offers and promotion opportunities. 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.

Reston-Herndon Area Branch (VA) is currently supporting the efforts of AAUW of VA, Northern District, to establish Start Smart opportunities at colleges and universities in in the Northern Virginia area. Start Smart is designed for college women who are approaching the job market and focuses on helping negotiate for a new job.