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Seminar helps women gauge negotiation skills

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - For soon-to-be college graduates, landing a job is important.

So is bargaining for an adequate salary.

To help them learn the skills they need when entering the workforce, the Wage Project and UW-L hosted $mart $tart: A Salary Negotiation Workshop Saturday.

Organizers said the workshop was geared toward women who learned about benchmarking reasonable salaries and benefits, negotiating money, and the gender wage gap.

"How do we sell ourselves as women? Do we say, ‘We collaborate well with others' or do we say, ‘We build partnerships?' I think we're socialized to use language that doesn't come across being as strong as others are socialized in our society," said Dr. M. Geneva Murray, director of UW-Oshkosh's Women's Center, and moderator of Saturday's workshop.

The workshop also featured role-playing so participants could gauge their comfort discussing and bargaining for better pay.

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