This report is a case study, not an evaluation. Its focus is on a particular program, AAUW Work Smart in Boston, over a defined period of time (September 2015 – October 2016) in order to understand the program’s impact on the women who participated in it. This report explores several key questions: In what ways do AAUW Work Smart in Boston workshops have an impact on the women who complete them? What are the main barriers that prevent women from addressing their compensation level and/or achieving pay equity? What are primary factors that facilitate women’s capacity to achieve successful salary negotiation and ultimately pay equity? What types of learning and, importantly, what kinds of actions are taken as a result of completing the workshop and how do the women perceive their own worth and value?
The analysis presented in this report is based primarily on in-depth interviews with 52 women who completed workshops.
Supplemental data were collected to understand the perspectives and experiences of individuals involved in workshop implementation.
While the research questions were focused on understanding the impact of the workshops, including whether participants were able to ask for and/or secure a pay increase following the workshop, the case study method allows for the development of a deeper analysis of the experiences women had during and following the workshop.
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Azong, Jecynta; Bookman, Ann; and Kelleher, Christa, "Gaining Ground on Equal Pay: Empowering Boston’s Women Through Salary Negotiation Workshops" (2017). Publications from the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy. 54. http://scholarworks.umb.edu/cwppp_pubs/54