Franklin’s female employees making more on average

The town of Franklin may employ a majority of men, but the women are making more on average than their male co-workers. 

Pay equality a priority in Macon

Pay for Macon County employees is constantly on the mind of Macon County Manager Derek Roland, and every year putting together the county budget is a balancing act between protecting taxpayer dollars and providing adequate pay for the county’s more than 300 employees.

Women running Bryson City Town Hall

Bryson City is a small town with a lot of big responsibilities and limited financial resources. While it is a major tourism hub that supports second-home owners and thousands of visitors during the season, the full-time population is only an estimated 1,500. 

Women take on important roles in Swain government

Swain County might still be led by men, but women are key contributors in the day-to-day operations of the county government. 

Status of the pay gap

The Equal Pay Act, which mandates equal pay for equal work and forbids employers from paying men and women different wages or different benefits for doing jobs that require the same skills and responsibilities, was signed into law in 1963. 

Women rule the roost in Sylva

Sylva is a town that’s run by women, both on the board of commissioners and among staff positions in town hall.

Female leadership key in Jackson government

While men hold the highest-paying and highest number of jobs in most Western North Carolina governments, Jackson County is a noticeable exception to that general rule. 

Waynesville takes steps to address gender balance, pay

As the largest North Carolina town west of Asheville, Waynesville often sets the bar for how other municipal governments handle issues of governance. Although it’s among the worst in terms of gender balance in the workplace, Waynesville’s leaders are now attempting to set an example of how to deal with it. 

Local governments show room for improvement in gender pay equality

From the very birth of this nation, the words “All men are created equal” never really meant all men, and it certainly didn’t mean women. 

Governments work toward equal pay

In recognition of the 19th Amendment’s centennial anniversary this month, The Smoky Mountain News is doing a series of stories to highlight issues of equal pay and voting rights in the United States. This week, SMN investigated how well local government agencies are doing in regard to equal pay for women. See a full list of this week's coverage after the break.

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