Female Moraine Park student

Today is Equal Pay Day, a day that is still on the calendar because despite the 148 years of fighting for equal pay and despite a 54 year old law, women are still paid on average 20% less than men doing the same position. Why mark this occasion in April?  Because that is how long it would take a woman to earn what a man earned the year prior. What’s worse, if you are a woman AND a minority it would take you even longer (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2015).


Would you settle for 20%?  Lean In, an organization dedicated to closing the wage gap, posted a video to show that 20% makes a difference.  For more information on the wage gap, go to https://leanin.org.

What can women do?  Well, be aware of it for one.  Be aware that when you get hired there is a good chance that the man they hire a year later will be making more than you.  Be aware that unconscious and/or conscious bias might play a role in what you are offered.  And finally, be aware that you can ask for more.  Maybe we can make up some of that 20% if we just ask for it.

Moraine Park is hosting two free events for women to learn how to negotiate for salary/benefits.  Register now to save your seat, as registration is limited!

Speaker Ayana Ledford, PROGRESS Foundation

Part 1: Dollars & Sense                                  Tuesday, April 18th                          12-1:15 pm

       IVC: FDL A-112, WB T-101, BD K-320

  • How to plan for negotiation
  • Competitive versus cooperative negotiation strategies

Part 2: Getting What You Want                 Wednesday, April 19th                  12:30-3 pm

         Fond du Lac only! Room O-103

  • Negotiation styles
  • Unconscious bias
  • Role playing activities

Register in advance at www.morainepark.edu/negotiate to save your seat.  If you plan to attend session 2, you need to also attend session 1.  This is your chance to learn valuable skills that can make a difference!

If you’d like to attend but have a class conflict, please ask your teacher if they will excuse you as this is a once in a lifetime opportunity! If you have any questions, please contact Renae Fischer at rfischer6@morainepark.edu.

Written by Renae Fischer
Academic Advisor - NTO