Corpus Christi (KIII News) — April 10 is known as Equal Pay Day, and its purpose is to educate people about the wage gap between working women and men.

The YWCA hosted a luncheon Tuesday afternoon focused on ways to achieve equal pay. It was held at the First United Methodist Church in Corpus Christi.

The sanctuary was filled with empowering women in all types of occupations.

Nancy Wesson-Dodd, president of YWCA, can recall a time in the 70s when she felt she deserved a higher salary of $10,000 a year.

"I just really wanted to be at that $10,000 mark. I got $9,800, but that still is the most memorable wage I received because I settled," Wesson-Dodd said.

The feeling of settling is what inspired Tuesday's Equal Pay Day luncheon with the topic, "How to Negotiate."

"The way to address pay inequity, one of the ways is to strengthen the negotiation skills that women have in applying for jobs or applying for promotions," Wesson-Dodd said.

John Cicala, Director of Negotiations at Texas A&M University-Kingsville's business school, said in a work setting when it comes to getting paid more, women don't negotiate.

"Women don't ask, for whatever reason. They don't want the reputation of being pushy or demanding," Cicala said. "I have a lower expectation going into it. If you tell me this is what it pays, I trust you and believe you, and okay I'm interested in the job."

Cicala offered tips on negotiating like knowing your value and realizing that your employer needs your skill set just as much as you need the job.

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