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Equal Pay Issue Particularly Important To Women In Need

SAVANNAH, GA -

An embarrassment-- that's what President Obama calls the pay gap between men and women. Last week he signed executive orders to make it easier for employees of federal contractors to get information about workplace compensation....but Republicans in the Senate blocked a bill that would have extended similar assistance to all employees.

One local woman is speaking out about the importance of the issue to women in need... Sarahlyn Argrow founded and is the executive director of an organization called "assisting working women in need." they offer support services to low-income single working women and their families - a group she says are impacted by the issue more than any other. When Sarahlyn Argrow was first headed into the workplace - she had different plan for her life, "When I was a single working woman that was in need - I thought I wanted this great career in catering and food service." She says she attended classes at Savannah Tech to prepare her for her new career...then says she learned a harsh reality. "As I was preparing for graduation - I realized that the men in Savannah - in the restaurants - were making more money than the women in Savannah."

She says that knowledge derailed her plans....and she believes the same happens to many other working women, "I think it deters you from a certain career - you may have aspirations to be a chef, but considering that the pay was more for men than it was for women - then that's gonna deter you - so you're going to start all over again." Something she believes would change if the President's push to make salary information more readily available were extend to everyone in the workforce, "We can't even discuss it a lot of times you know - you can get fired for actually talking about your paycheck - but you take that job that is let's say a job there for the city of savannah - it's posted online you know what everybody makes - and lets say there's a job that's paying 50-thousand dollars up into 100-grand - and not saying the city does this, but I'm just using them as an example - a lot of times that woman may come in there and she's paying maybe that 65-thousand dollars where as that male - he is coming in with 75-thousand and he has less experience as well."

That made us curious - so we decided to check out pay figures for the city of Savannah - specifically looking at manager salaries to see if there is much of a discrepancy between what men and women are paid. We're requesting those numbers from the city - we'll let you know what we find.

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