SUNY Potsdam student Leslie Schoolcfrat and Mike Nunez participated in a mock interview as part of the $tart $mart workshop cosponsored by St. Lawrence County Branch, American Association of University Women (AAUW), the Women and Gender Studies Program (WGS), the School of Education and the School of Music, and Career Planning at SUNY Potsdam. (Trevizan Photo)
POTSDAM – Students at SUNY Potsdam were recently able to get a taste of salary negotiations.
AAUW-St. Lawrence County recently co-sponsored a “$tart $mart” salary negotiation workshop at SUNY Potsdam, aimed at preparing college students to negotiate their salaries and benefits as they enter the job market.
Over her lifetime, the average woman loses enough in wages to feed a family of four for 37 years, according to a statement by the AAUW. They say that AAUW’s own research shows that just one year out of college, women earn only 80 percent as much as their male counterparts earn. The pay gap continues to grow from there. $tart $mart helps to ensure that graduating women know how to negotiate for equitable pay and appropriate benefits for both their short- and long-term economic security.
WAGE is a national organization dedicated to eliminating the gender wage gap. WAGE enables every working woman to know what she is worth in the job she holds or seeks and learn the skills of effective salary negotiation. They have provided training for hundreds of women on dozens of campuses in partnership with AAUW.
AAUW has been working for gender equality and a fair standard of living for all people for over 120 years. Another $tart $mart workshop was held this spring at Clarkson University by School of Business professor Mary Graham, a local AAUW member who currently serves on the leadership team of the AAUW-WAGE Project. Local workshops have been held for the last three years, with more planned for next fall.
Membership in the St. Lawrence County Branch is open to anyone who supports the mission of AAUW. AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, and research.
For more information about AAUW in St. Lawrence County, contact President Jennifer Ball at 268- 4208 or [email protected], or Public Policy Chair Kathleen Stein at 386-3812, [email protected], or visit the branch website, http://www.northnet.org/stlawrenceaauw/index.html.