Aug. 6, 2019 By Allie Griffin
New York City is fighting to close the gender wage gap through a series of salary negotiation trainings that will teach 10,000 female New Yorkers leadership skills and professional development tools this fall.
Starting in September, the “Ask for More” initiative will offer in-person bootcamps and an online course at no cost. The programs will teach women to assess their market value, research competitive salaries in their fields, and articulate their worth in a way that ensures success.
“These free salary negotiation workshops are terrific opportunities for our customers and the public to develop skills and strategies they are going to need for as long as they remain in the workplace,” said Dennis M. Walcott, President and CEO, Queens Public Library. “I want to thank to women.nyc and the Association of University Women for partnering with Queens Public Library to open another avenue of success for people who rely on us to help them transform their lives.”
The first boot camp in Queens will be in October at the Queens Library Central at 89-11 Merrick Blvd in Jamaica. They will offer three Thursday trainings: Oct. 10 at 6 p.m., Nov. 14 at 6 p.m., and Dec. 12 at 6 p.m.. There will also be a training at CUNY LaGuardia Community College at 31-10 Thomson Ave in Long Island City on Monday. Nov. 4 at 4 p.m.
While women in the U.S. now earn more college and postgraduate degrees than men, women working full time with bachelor’s degrees are paid 26 percent less than their male counterparts, according to the AAUW.
“We are unleashing the power of education and training to address the wage gap that denies women economic security, undermines their ability to support their families, seek higher education, and access health care,” First Lady Chirlane McCray said. “This is the kind of program we must invest in, if we want to support women and their financial futures, and New York to continue leading the nation.”
“Ask for More” was launched by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), women.nyc and the city’s Economic Development Corporation and will expand to include Spanish-language programs and industry-specific trainings in the coming months.
Women can sign up to participate at women.nyc.