The Times West Virginian

October 28, 2013

AAUW sponsoring ‘Smart Start’ workshop

By Jessica Borders
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont branch of the American Association of University Women is teaching college women what they need to know to negotiate their future salaries.

The local AAUW is sponsoring a “Smart Start” campus workshop at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at Fairmont State University’s Falcon Center in the conference rooms. There is no cost for Fairmont State and Pierpont Community & Technical College students to attend.

Robin Yeager, director of the Falcon Center at Fairmont State and vice president of finance and membership for the AAUW’s Fairmont branch, said this event is being offered in collaboration with the national AAUW organization, which is affiliated with the federal WAGE Project. Annie Houle from the WAGE Project will present the workshop.

Statistics show that women across the country are earning less than men. Some locations are better and worse in terms of the pay gap, “But it’s never equal side by side,” Yeager said. The workshop will help students understand and learn how to negotiate their pay as well as their benefits, which can be difficult.

She said AAUW-Fairmont felt that this program would be very beneficial for women in college and especially graduating seniors.

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