Workshops planned statewide to train women to negotiate for equal pay

05/29/2014 BOSTON, MA Deborah Goldberg (cq) (center), a candidate for Treasurer, spoke with participants Anna Tse (cq) (left) and Liz Eng (cq) (right) during a dinner break at the Asian American Delegates and Statewide Candidates Meet & Greet (cq) held at the China Pearl Restaurant (cq) in Boston. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)
Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe
Treasuer Deborah Goldberg

Hoping to close the gender pay gap, the state treasurer’s office is joining in an effort to coach more than 5,000 women statewide on salary negotiation tactics, officials said Wednesday.

The American Association of University Women has held salary negotiation workshops in cities and towns across the country, including Boston. Now the program is going statewide.

Women in Massachusetts make about 82 cents for every dollar a man makes – just slightly above the 80-cent average nationwide. The pay gap is even larger for women of color, the AAUW said in a statement.


AAUW said it plans to host 150 workshops in Massachusetts in 2018. Starting in February, women can sign up for the free training, which will be held at community colleges statewide.

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Volunteers will conduct the workshops, and the community colleges are donating the space. The treasurer’s office helped to coordinate the effort.

Treasurer’s spokeswoman Chandra Allard said the reason the workshops will be held statewide is simple: “It works.”

“People are really excited about it,” Allard said. “It makes sense. It’s already working. So now it’s just getting the information out to everyone.”

Allard said the AAUW has seen many women successfully ask for — and receive — higher wages after completing the workshops.


“We are helping women across Massachusetts to ‘just ask!’ to be paid what they are worth, because when women are paid equally, we all benefit,” Treasurer Deborah Goldberg said in a statement.

“These workshops will give women the essential tools they need to empower themselves in the workplace,” she said.

Women can register for the workshops on AAUW’s website.

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