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 firstname.lastname@example.org.