It is now the answer heard around the world. And the thing is…none of us wanted or needed to hear it.
Like really, really failed.
And in case you missed the train wreck, here’s a breakdown of how we felt while she was answering the question. But we knew we couldn’t actually convey our feelings appropriately without the help of Nene, since she was a judge and all.
Here was the question:
“A recent report shows that in 40 percent of American families with children, women are the primary earners, yet they continue to earn less than men. What does this say about society?”
And for your viewing pleasure, or if you don’t mind having your brain turned to mush, here is Miss Utah’s incoherent, absolutely confusing, and overall embarrasing answer, with our sentiments explained by THE housewife of all Housewives… Mrs. Nene Leakes.
“I think we can relate this back to education, and how we are…[pause]…”
“…continuing to try to strive to [another epic pause]…”
“…figure out how to create jobs right now. That is the biggest problem.” Wait. All that pausing for this?
“And I think, especially the men are…um…seen as the leaders of this…”
“…and so we need to try to figure out how to create educate better…” Um…”create education…better?”
…So we can solve this problem.”
To which we just have one thing to say:
Well, two things. Maybe instead of trying to memorize an auto-answer to how education can fix most of these problems, first she needs to realize this – more women attend college than men. So that says nothing about the gender wage gap. But what we should analyze and try to mend are the social factors that go beyond education, or what types of jobs women choose. Remember, the wage gap is even higher for minorities. Which also brings in discrimination into play, which I’m sure Donald Trump and the rest of the Miss USA committee weren’t trying to hear…
And job creation, while important (and the mention that probably got Marissa into third place) is a very little factor. The fastest growing sectors of the economy (or occupations adding the most jobs) are female dominated. But, alas, they are still the jobs with the lowest wages.
What this says about America is that there is still a glass ceiling. And while we might believe we live in a post-gender discrimination nation, we as a country must create a safe space for women that provides them the same opportunities and pay as men. Especially because women are the primary earners.
So while there is no one right answer to this question, we’re going to give Miss Utah a pass. At least her dress was pretty. But here’s some future advice for the pageant girl:
Please, honey. Just read.