NYC Taking Steps to Close Gender Wage Gap

NYCEDC President and CEO James Patchett
NYCEDC President and CEO James Patchett

NEW YORK – New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and the American Association of University Women (AAUW) today announced the launch of “Ask for More,” a citywide initiative to train 10,000 women with the skills they need to negotiate their salary and benefits as well as advocate for promotions and leadership opportunities. Once fully implemented, “Ask for More” will be among the largest salary negotiation and women’s leadership initiatives in the country.

Starting in September, workshops will be offered as in-person boot camps and an online course free of charge. These programs are designed to empower women by teaching them to assess their market value, research competitive salaries in their fields, and articulate their worth in a way that ensures success. Women can sign up to participate at

In the coming months, the program will expand to include Spanish-language programs, as well as versions of the trainings tailored to women in specific industries. An employer roundtable and other conferences are also being planned for later this year.

“A key part of economic development is ensuring everyone has both the hard and soft skills needed to succeed in today’s job market,” said James Patchett, NYCEDC President, and CEO.  “These salary negotiation workshops will provide thousands of New York women with the skills they need to advance in the workplace and get the equal pay they deserve.”

The first training sessions will take place in the following locations:

Tuesday, September 24, 6:00 PM
NYPL Bronx Library Center
310 East Kingsbridge Road, Bronx, NY 10458 (map)

Monday, October 21, 6:00 PM
Brooklyn Public Library, Central Branch
Dweck Auditorium, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn NY 11238 (map

Friday, October 4, 6:30 PM
Fullstack Academy
5 Hanover Square, New York NY, 10004 (map)

Monday, October 7, 6:30 PM
Athena Center at Barnard College
Barnard Hall, James Room 4th floor, 3009 Broadway, New York NY 10027 (map)

Monday, October 28, 6:30 PM
Rebecca Minkoff’s Female Founder Collective
SAP, 10 Hudson Yards, 501 W 30th St New York NY 10001 (map)

Thursday, October 10, 6:00 PM
Thursday, November 14, 6:00 PM
Thursday, December 12, 6:00 PM
Queens Library Central
89-11 Merrick Blvd, Jamaica, NY 11432 (map)

Monday, November 4, 4:00 PM-6:00 PM
CUNY LaGuardia Community College
31-10 Thomson Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101 (map)

Staten Island
Tuesday, November 5, 6:00 PM
NYPL St. George Library Center
5 Central Ave, Staten Island, NY 10301 (map)

Since AAUW’s initiative was launched in Boston in 2015, close to 100,000 women nationwide have completed its salary negotiations training. In post-course surveys, 95 percent of workshop attendees say the information is useful and relevant, while 85 percent of online program participants report feeling more confident asking for a raise or a promotion. Thousands of women who have taken the course say that they have successfully negotiated salaries 10 to 20 percent higher than what was initially offered.

AAUW’s research paper, “The Simple Truth About the Gender Pay Gap,” found that:  

  • The gender pay gap exists across all demographics, and in nearly every line of work—including female-dominated professions like teaching and nursing.
  • While women ages 20 to 24 are paid 90 percent as much as men, the gap grows over time; women ages 25 to 54 are paid 78 percent as much as men.
  • The pay gap tends to be larger for women of color, and in some cases, the gap is widening: Black women are paid just 61 cents for every dollar paid to white men. Latinas are paid just 53 cents for every dollar paid to white men.
  • Though women in the U.S. now earn more college and postgraduate degrees than men, women with bachelor’s degrees working full time are paid 26 percent less than their male counterparts.