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Waging War Against Gender Pay Inequality

November 10, 2010 by Eaglecorps911

By Jordan Edmond
On Oct. 27, Brookdale, along with the American Association of University Women and the WAGE project, presented the Start Smart seminar.
The seminar, which was a three-hour open discussion and Power-Point presentation along with dinner, was designed to give women the necessary tools to ensure fair wages.
“Traditionally, women don’t ask for what they’re qualified for, they just take what they’re given,” says Avis McMillion, interim executive director of marketing service at Brookdale.
Annie Houle, national director of Campus and Community Initiatives for the WAGE project, insisted that preparation was much more important than the negotiating itself.
“Be specific about the job title you’re pursuing… (It) will ensure you’re finding the job you’re most qualified for…Research before salary negotiations pay,” Houle said.
Different speakers talked to the 25 attendees about the importance of bench-marking and showed how to use resourceful web-sites like
“It’s important to know the salary range in the area you are looking for work and not just nationally,” Houle said.
Houle gave two main tips for negotiating salaries. “Never ever say, ‘Whatever you want to pay me.’… Know what you are worth and be prepared to justify it,” Houle said.
“It was very good, one of the few things that I’ve attended at Brookdale that was geared toward us… I found it very helpful,” said Angela Mastropiero, a fourth-semester nursing student, from Howell.
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