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$tart $mart ~ Helping College Women Close the Wage Gap in the Workplace

Over the course of her working life, a woman will earn roughly $1 million less than a man, simply because she is a woman. On Tuesday, October 15, 5-8 p.m. The Wage Project, a group that works to end the gender wage gap, will present an interactive workshop titled “$tart $mart,” designed to give college women the confidence and skills they need to earn fair compensation. This event is co-sponsored by Hofstra’s Women’s Studies Program, Labor Studies Program, Department of Rhetoric and the National Center for Suburban Studies®.

Dr. Karyn Valerius, director of Hofstra’s Women’s Studies Program, says, “Although women today participate in the workforce in large numbers, we still tend to earn less than our male counterparts. The Wage Project addresses this persistent form of inequality by informing students about the wage gap and teaching them negotiating skills through role play. The goal is for students to leave the workshop better prepared to advocate for themselves.”

Facilitator for the Wage Project Anne Houle will coordinate the role playing scenarios for the workshop. Students will take the role of either the interviewer or interviewee for a specific position in a given geographic area.  Wage has researched average salary, cost of living and skill set needed. Students are provided with this information and then act out the salary negotiation with coaching and follow up from the facilitator.

Location for the workshop is in Room 145 Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center. Refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. To reserve a seat, contact: Dr. Valerius at nuckmv@hofstra.edu or 516-463-6817. Watch the Video

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