Start Smart Workshop Slated for March 14 at UM

March 05, 2015

MISSOULA – A workshop intended to help young women understand their rights in regard to equal pay and how to negotiate for salary and benefit will be held at the University of Montana on Saturday, March 14.

The AAUW (formerly known as the American Association of University Women) will host its Start Smart workshop for UM students from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in the Education Building Room 123.

According to AAUW research, just one year after college graduation, women earn 82 percent of what their male counterparts earn, and the gender wage gap widens over the next 10 years.

Annie Houle, the Start Smart Campus and Community Initiatives Leader for the AAUW, will present the workshop. She helped develop and has facilitated Start Smart workshops across the country from Maine to California – in 49 states, at more than 350 campuses and community venues. 

Participants must register online at by Wednesday, March 11. The workshop is limited to 40 participants.

AAUW is a nationwide network of more than 100,000 members and donors, 1,000 branches and 500 college and university institution partners. Since 1881, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day – educational, social, economic and political. AAUW’s commitment to its mission is reflected in all aspects of its work.

For more information call AAUW of Missoula President Cindy Garthwait at 406-243-2954 or email

Contact: Cindy Garthwait, UM School of Social Work professor and AAUW president, 406-243-2954,