THE BRONX - Today marks "Equal Pay Day," the date that symbolizes how far into the new year the average American woman would have to work to earn what the average American man did in the previous year.

President Barack Obama signed two executive orders Tuesday to help close the gender pay gap.

The first will prevent federal contractors from taking action against employees who openly discuss their wages. The second order will require them to provide worker compensation data organized by race and gender. President Obama says what's happening in workplaces right now is simply not fair.

Brooklyn residents say it is unfortunate and unfair that women do not make as much as men.