Mayor Bowser, AAUW, and YWTF-DC Aim to Train 15,000 Women to Negotiate Their Salaries in Nation’s Capital

AAUW Work Smart
April 04, 2017


Media Contacts:
LaToya Foster, EOM202.727-5011;

Lisa Goodnight, AAUW, 202.785.7738;

Allison Muehlenbeck, YWTF;

WASHINGTON, DC — On April 4, the national observance of Equal Pay Day, Mayor Muriel Bowser, the Mayor’s Office on Women’s Policy and Initiatives (MOWPI), the American Association of University Women (AAUW), and the Younger Women’s Task Force–DC Chapter launched the AAUW Work Smart salary negotiation program in the District of Columbia. This program will train more than 15,000 women how to evaluate, negotiate, and articulate their worth confidently in the job market. Equal Pay Day is the symbolic date when women’s pay “catches up” to men’s pay from the previous year.

The pay gap has barely budged in more than a decade. Women working full time, year-round are typically paid just 80 percent of what men are paid. That gap gets larger for black and Hispanic women. Washington, D.C., is one of many AAUW Work Smart cities nationwide.

“Equal pay is more than a women’s rights issue. It is a matter of economic security for families and households everywhere,” Bowser said. “When women are paid less for equal work, we all suffer. In D.C., we lead the nation in closing the gap between men and women, but it is not enough. To truly create pathways to the middle class, we need to ensure that everyone is paid equally for equal work no matter who you are.”

“The workshops are part of AAUW’s multifaceted approach to closing the gender pay gap,” said Jesse B Rauch, the senior program manager for AAUW’s salary negotiation workshop programs, AAUW Start Smart and AAUW Work Smart. “Women who negotiate increase their potential to earn higher salaries and better benefits packages — and these advantages add up over time.”

Kate Black, director of the Younger Women’s Task Force, said, “Young women know that equal pay for equal work is not a game. We know that gender discrimination in pay affects not only our current paychecks, but also affects our future financial security. We can’t wait for legislative action to help level the playing field for women. That’s why we are taking this into our own hands and doing all we can to empower women to negotiate for fair pay.”

In the two-hour workshop, participants gain the tools and practice they need to negotiate for what they’re worth. The workshops also incorporate research from AAUW’s research report The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap, which is now available in Spanish. The next AAUW Work Smart training is scheduled on:

Saturday, April 22
11:30 a.m.
Mt. Pleasant Library
3160 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20010

Anyone can register for an AAUW Work Smart in D.C. workshop at

For more information about AAUW Start Smart and AAUW Work Smart salary negotiation workshops, visit or email


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