Smart Start Workshop to Teach Women How to Overcome the Wage Gap

Free two-day, four-hour program is open to everyone


The flyer for the Smart Start “Close the Wage Gap” workshop.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Teaching women how to overcome the gender wage gap and negotiate the pay they deserve is the focus of a free, two-day, four-hour workshop being co-hosted by the UC Riverside Women’s Resource Center and The Leadership Community for Women Club. 

The workshop will be held on May 28 & 29, 2014 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each day in Interdisciplinary South (INTS) Room 1113. It is free and open to everyone, with no sign-up required. For questions about the program, email

The Smart Start workshop is a project of the American Association of University Women and the WAGE Project that helps women examine the gender wage gap, teaches budgeting skills and how to determine salary needs, how to benchmark salary and benefits, and how to negotiate their first salary out of college.

“According to the American Association of University Women, just one year after graduation, a majority of women earn only 82 percent of what their male counterparts earn, and the gender wage gap widens over the next 10 years,” said Adrienne Sims of the Women’s Resource Center. “By working in pairs and role-playing, they learn how to close the wage gap.  Participants have increased their levels of confidence regarding salary negotiation from an average 25 percent pre-test perception to an average 91 percent post-test perception.”

The workshop, which has been presented at more than 225 colleges and universities across the country, is co-sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center, Department of Women’s Studies, The Leadership Community for Women Club, and Association for Women in Science.

Media Contact

Tel: (951) 827-4756

Additional Contacts

Adrienne Sims
Tel: (951) 827-3337

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