EQUAL PAY DAY

 April 12, 2016 is Equal Pay Day, the date that symbolizes how far into 2016 women must work to earn what men earned in 2015.  Today, 57 percent of women work outside the home and comprise almost half of the work force, but the typical woman working full-time full-year still makes 21 percent less than the typical man working full-time full-year. 

 The Laguna Beach branch of AAUW sponsors a popular, vibrant Start Smart program to prepare young women who will be entering the work force to negotiate their paychecks and benefits, and to develop and enhance their budgeting skills. 

 COUNT YOUR JOBS – SUPPORT START SMART!!!

 To commemorate this day, please count the number of jobs you’ve held (paid or as a volunteer), and send a check for $5 per job (or, whatever you think is appropriate).  100% of the proceeds will go to our Start Smart program.  Make your check payable to AAUW-LBF and send it to:

 Susan Kent, Treasurer
P.O. Box 219
Laguna Beach, CA  92652

 IF YOU CARE TO SHARE …

 Please briefly describe which job was the most enjoyable, or satisfying, or fun.  We will publish the most entertaining or inspirational responses in the April edition of WAVES!

 Please briefly describe which job was the most enjoyable, or satisfying, or fun.  We will publish the most entertaining or inspirational responses in the April edition of WAVES!

 

 

 

Recently Lesley Danziger, Pat Griggs and Rudi Berkelhamer presented a Start Smart Seminar to students at Orange Coast College. In the slide show below are a few of the images which illustrate this great seminar.

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$tart $mart at Orange Coast College

AAUW research shows that one year after graduation, young women earn just 80% of what their male counterparts earn and that the gender gap widens over the next ten years.  A young woman graduating today will earn roughly $1 million less than her male counterpart over the course of her career because of this gap. Since 2007, AAUW has offered $tart $mart salary negotiation workshops on college campuses across the United States. These workshops provide college students with the knowledge and skills to negotiate salaries and benefits so that they receive fair and realistic starting salaries, given their skills, experience and training. Local AAUW volunteers are trained to trained to facilitate these workshops, showing students how to benchmark salaries and benefits and to determine their personal budget needs n the context of the area in which they live and work. Finally, students practice mock interviews with guidance from the facilitators. AAUW Laguna Beach offered its first Start Smart workshops in 2014 to students in the Registered Dental Assistant Program at Orange Coast College. In 2015, Orange Coast College faculty requested AAUW Laguna Beach to offer three more workshops in the Division of Consumer and Health Sciences. These students were enrolled Dental Assisting, Hotel, Travel and Tourism and Nutrition. Our goal is to continue offering Start Smart workshops at Orange Coast College and other interested colleges in the area. As a branch, we are excited to support AAUW’s efforts to empower college students, especially women, to become more financially literate by means of the Start Smart Project. Interested in knowing more about AAUW and Start Smart? (Please contact Lesley Danziger ((Danziger.lesley@gmail.com or 949-292-7665)))