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Orders signed by president could even playing field for female workers

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Statistics from the American Association of University Women show pay gaps by state. Statistics from the American Association of University Women show pay gaps by state.
President Obama signed two executive orders that are expected to even the playing field for female federal workers. President Obama signed two executive orders that are expected to even the playing field for female federal workers.
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(WMC-TV) - President Obama signed two executive orders that are expected to even the playing field for female federal workers.

The first order prohibits federal contractors from retaliating against employees for discussing their pay.

A second order requires federal contractors to provide salary data based on gender and race.

Statistics from the American Association of University Women (AAUW) show pay gaps by state.

Men in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas make almost $10,000 per year more than women, according to figures from the AAUW.

Tammy Harris, who lives in Mississippi, says people talk about how much they make in any job.

"Everybody was complaining about their pay, this person makes more than I do, this person makes less," she said.

"It shouldn't matter if you're a man or a woman. If you're doing a good job at what you're doing then you should be getting paid," said Rasheed Gordon, who works in Tennessee.

President Obama wants to level the playing field for female workers. He signed two executive orders Tuesday.

"A female employee can ask for a wage disclosure in her ranks compared to other employees," said Dia Cirillo, AAUW.

The American Association of University Women went to University of Memphis Tuesday to tell the future workforce what to expect.

"Once women graduate from college, they're already behind at least a man's pay," said Letha Granberry, Memphis AAUW.

The signed order applies to federal contractors. The AAUW estimates they makes up about 20 percent of the country's workforce because so many employers do business with the government.

"All of these organizations, companies, universities, what not, would have to show, disclose the wages that they pay," said Cirillo.

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