I don't think this was a difficult question. I think she was just first,
nervous, and her mind went blank. It happens to all of us. But, what does it
say about our society? Do we still believe that the "little woman"
should be at home? That she is not as smart or as competent as a man? When I
first started teaching, male teachers got paid more than female teachers. Why?
When I asked, I was told it was because men were the breadwinners! Well, so was
I! My husband was laid up for a year with a severe back injury, and I was
making close to nothing as a teacher. Not fair! And, I was prepared and
teaching every day while some coaches were showing football film in class!
Since the story brought out that she is LDS, why did Miss Utah, who is LDS, have
one of the most immodest dresses? Hard to think straight when everything is
falling out1 :-)
The question is comvoluted and not straight forward. The reasons men and women
earn different amount are complex, and to try to claim it is the result of
deliberate discrimination is to avoid even trying to address the real issues at
play. The real issues at play are how companies treat motherhood, how friendly
they are to mothers taking time off, and these issues are not going to be solved
by yelling "discrimination", or asking such loaded questions.
Infamy?Really, Deseret News Headline writers?...What an
insensitive insulting choice for a word.Definition of Infamyin·fa·my[ ínfəmee ] 1.notoriety:
the disgrace to somebody's reputation caused by an infamous act or
behavior2.shameful conduct: shameful or criminal conduct or character3.evil deed: a publicly known infamous act or eventI hardly think
her stumble deserves such a characterization.Especially from the Deseret
News.In fact, she has now become America's darling.
How was she supposed to come up with an instant, and coherent, answer to such a
broad and poorly phrased question? That's what comes from looking to the
cast of Real Housewives of Wherever for judges!
Actually, Mona, I *have* heard of stats being listed that have mentioned the
average dollar figures of the pay for women in a given job vs. the pay for men
in that *same* job. Just because it's illegal for companies to do something
doesn't mean they don't find a way to do it without getting into
trouble--or just without getting caught.Yeah, this is a sadly
embarrassing moment for Marissa, and I feel bad for her, and in some places
people have made fun of her, and I wish they wouldn't.I do,
however, notice her last name of Powell, and can't help but just wonder a
little bit if she could be related to that Powell who married Susan Cox, and how
closely if at all.Good luck, Marissa!Mike
To a few commentators, let me say the question was neither a gotcha, misleading
or irrelevant. There are tons of data about this in numerous peer-reviewed
journals. It's such a problem, many could have responded well, especially
those who have been victims of this evil, which I'm guessing Miss Utah has
never experienced. The individuals in such pageants are usually quite well off
financially and wouldn't recognize a homeless person if they saw one.Gender inequality is one of the most important challenges today. In the
millions of cases where women with equal skills, education, and seniority are
discriminated against by compensation and titles going to men, it's a
vicious problem. And it is highly relevant in spite of those who want to deny or
ignore it. I can certainly sympathize with Miss Utah. Like most Americans, she
seems blissfully unaware that inequality is a major economic issue in our
society, especially in Utah, and it has been chipping away at the American dream
for decades. Too bad she had no idea of what the question even meant. She could
have at least said she was all for motherhood and apple pie.
So why is pouring concrete and lifting heavy things worth more money than caring
for children, nursing the sick, teaching school, or running a library (all of
which require more education than pouring concrete)? That's the core of the
problem - what men do is considered more valuable than what women do, no matter
what it is and no matter the contribution to society.
She is a most beautiful young woman with a talent for singing. That said, I
thought the answer was hilarious but pitiful. It was so obvious she was reaching
for a "deep thought" but unable to find anything through her stress. I
felt sorry for her but, perhaps, she needs to spend more time on educating
herself "better" than standing in front of her mirror. I still wish her
luck, tho, regardless.
While the national rate is nothing to be proud of, Utah women make even less
compared to men than the national average. In fact, the two worst earning
cities for women are in Utah.Since she attended Skyline, which is located
in a relatively affluent area, and since she is a looker, this might never be an
issue for Ms. Utah. But it is a very relevant issue for other Utah women,
including women like me, who tried for years to do everything "the right
way" so that they could be SAHMs, only to be forced to reenter the workforce
and breadwinners due to circumstances beyond their control. While it is
sad any time somebody experiences flaming due to an innocent gaffe, expecially a
chcild, now would be a good time for Ms. Utah to reflect on an issue that is of
such great importance to women in her state- more than any other state in the
I have seen great public speakers suddenly get a brain blip and stumble over
words. This is a snapshot that should not reflect on her normal speaking
I don't have much respect for Mr. Trump and his values. Why do we have
"Beauty Contests" like this anyway. I would be for it if it were on
radio so that our minds and hearts would her the contestant's beauty,
poise, humility, and talent. Displaying women on stage as something to be
judged is to me antiquated. Ms. Utah is welcome to sing anytime.
I don't understand why they ask contestants in pageants these kinds of
political questions. Why should we care about their political views regarding
just about anything? Why not ask what their college plans are. Ask about
community involvement. Ask what advice would you give to younger teens regarding
pageants. And many other "relevant" questions that we would be
interested in hearing about. So her answer was not really her fault. After it
was read to her she was probably standing their thinking: "Who comes up with
these questions?" and why should they care what I think? Her answer
reflected that potential thought process.I'm still struggling
to understand why these pageants are relevant and what motivates young girls and
women to participate in them.
There are a few here judging Marissa's intelligence based on a few seconds
of her life. How foolish of you. You don't know her. You should not
judge her. The only thing that can be said is that she struggled under immense
pressure (IMO, she had more pressure than the other contestants). I believe
even the most intelligent person could sound foolish under those circumstances.
@ Wookie........So, if you were representing Utah, you would have given the pat
"world peace" answer? Really??? How many times HAVE you watched
"Miss Congeniality"? The question was designed to rattle the cage on
traditional family values. Perhaps Miss Utah is a better representative than you
give her credit for. Perhaps she saw the dead end question for what it was and
choose not to feed the liberal image of those who oppose traditional values.
Miss Utah is a lovely young woman.
@Sense MakerI'm scratching my head trying to figure out how
demonstrated incompetence by a Utahn improves the image of the state? Further, there never have been more Mormons in Las Vegas than in Utah. What a
bizarre comment to make.Perhaps we all can learn the lesson that
it's better to think before speaking. That should be the moral of the story
here, rather than how many views one gets on YouTube. I certainly would rather
remain incognito than to gain infamy for foolish behavior or commentary.
She was educated at Skyline HS in the Utah education system. You can see that
when you are on a national stage, competing against national talent, having
teachers give you all A's and coddle you through school becomes a handicap.
Since the subject is education, the line above that reads "Jamie Crandall,
who reined..." should read "Jamie Crandall, who reigned..." (Reins
are for horses.)
They still have these pageants??
So, according to the DesNews staffers/bloggers, if you prove that you're
not bright...at all, as long as your foolishness is viewed by a lot of people on
YouTube, you're a success.There's a moral here, but if I
shared the moral, DesNews would consider it offensive and not post it.
It is a good thing that Marissa Powell is a brunette so no one could make any
blonde jokes. I honestly think this question was directly concocted at the last
minute by some liberal judges who want to make the state of Utah look bad
because of its conservatism. Unfortunately, people outside of Utah may feel
that there is a male dominating voice in this state, and might blame the
predominant religion in Utah for this. I agree that this question was
impossible to answer, and a lot of thought would have had to be put into it to
answer it in any kind of a rational manner. When Dennis Rodman came to Utah
years ago to play for the Jazz, he took off to Las Vegas for awhile before the
game because he said, "He didn't want to be around these damn
Mormons." The joke is that at that time I believe there were more LDS
people living in the Las Vegas than in Salt Lake City. I am glad there is so
much media hype because Marissa will make Utah's image look really good to
have such a talented, successful person representing it.
What does it say about our society that you have a stupid "war on women"
question asked by one of the "Real Housewives" of Atlanta? Think about
it. Why didn't they give that question to a girl from a 'blue'
Kind of like the NFL cheerleader who became Exec Asst in our firm years ago, and
had no idea why she was hired because she couldn't write a coherent
sentence, Miss Utah got a long ways on her looks. Let's be honest,
she's a stunner and the reason most people here are willing to give her a
pass is she is beautiful.I would advise her to work on thinking on
her feet, practice interviewing, and most of all...have a real POV that
she's passionate about. Most of us struggle when we haven't thought
through things and/or don't care about the topic. Interviews like this are
to see how we think and what we care about. I hope she uses this experience to
add some skills she will need down the road.
Dumb quesion to begin with. She is beautiful and it takes guts to be on that
kind of stage with so many people watching. I know she probably doesn't
read these comment boards, but if you are reading this Miss Utah, don't
sweat it. I have no idea what I would have said. I am a sports fan, and I played
at the collegiate level. All I can say is shooting a foul shot in my backyard
was much different than doing it in front of 15,000 fans. So,just keep on
keepin' on, don't worry about what the critics say, you have plenty of
Nene leaks has shown to be a mean gal. But, not sure if she developed this
question on her own.
I was there in the live audience. The reason she "lost her way" is
because the audience didn't like what she was saying, and many began to
moan/groan. It was quite audible from my seat and I know she heard it.
I'm sure that hindered her. It's too bad, because the group I was
with were proud to cheer for her.I think she should use this as a
stepping stone to become a spokes model and prove to the world she is smarter
than the woman everyone saw for a few seconds on TV.
The question is one that Ms. Powell would no doubt answer very well in less
stressful circumstances with more time to think about it. She is a lovely young
lady, and this awkward moment should not define her life, or lessen her very
I am standing with Red. She is a brave and beautiful young woman who followed a
dream. I commend her for that. If I were her, I'd try to find a way to
turn all of this attention into something good.
There isn't a wrong answer. She is there to look marvelous.
Fortunately for those of us who see all beauty pagents as pointless, and
contributing to pressuring women to value being pretty over being people of
quality, why can't we grow up and stop having beauty pagents.
@wwookie: You can say what you did..but ask yourself would you have been able to
keep your composure and train of thought in the same situation. It's a
whole different ball game to sit down and type out what you think you would
respond to that stupid question while sitting down versus being in front alot of
people and with TV cameras, etc all around you. Who knows maybe after you answer
somebody might say what you said about her, "Too bad she's representing
us. Wish it were someone else." about you. I think before slamming Miss
Utah you should make an attempt to put yourself in her shoes.
I don't think the question was misleading but it is confusing and has no
basis and logical answer at all. Women making less is because they work fewer
hours, more time off, personal choices that are woman make. There is no pay
abuse and there is no way they can prove there is a disparity in men's and
women's incomes because it is confidential information and there are no
number being presented to back up this idiotic claim. College jobs
of today are not high tech nor high value nor productive. When a nation does not
produce a product it has no value and no need for college degrees. College
degrees are a means to keep young people out of the job market to manipulate the
unemployed and jobless economy. Students taking school loans also feed the debt
based financial systems with inflated debt growth, not economic growth. Illegal aliens cause profound pay losses 50-100% and low wages and jobs
has not been included in the studies on wages and incomes levels of registered
americans and never included in these phony studies claiming sexual
She's an intelligent young woman. I think that the problem was that she
had a prepared answer on the educational system in the US that she had planned
to give. After being asked the question on wage disparity, she started to use
this planned answer and shortly into it caught that it did not fit the question.
This is the point that most people think she got flustered. She just came to
realize that the answer that she wanted to give on education was not fitting the
question that was asked.If she had only been asked the question that
teen Ms. South Carolina had been asked about not being able to find the US on a
map, she would have nailed it.Overall, I think she did a good job.
@Mona: "Poor Miss Utah was the victim of an insulting and difficult to
answer question."She was a victim for sure. But the question
was not that difficult.The answer is: Many women stay home to have
babies and raise families. Which means they are on the job less than men...
Which means on average, they get paid less since much of wages are based on
raises for time on the job.
None of them ever bungle the bikini portion of the contest.
This is USA paegant, not Miss America.It's about beauty, not whether
the answer was right or wrong. Question was so easy as are all
pageant questions. Answer should have been prepared - " we need to work
together to create a better world for all of us. This means combatting
inequality wherever it exists. This is what will bring peace to our
world."Despite being a lame politically charged question, which
has no place in a pageant, this was still a hilarious video clip. Too bad
she's representing us. Wish it was someone else.
What does it say about society?There are very few women in the
construction trades. How many women are electricians for instance? How many
women are plumbers for instance? How many women have a trade in concrete, tile,
roofing, siding, heating or carpentry?In the forty years I have been
in the construction industry, I have yet to see a woman pulling concrete forms
off a foundation wall, lifting them out of a foundation hole, (forms average
about 85 pounds), and then loading them onto a truck, then unloading them in new
excavation hole, setting them up, tying the re-bar, pouring and finishing the
concrete into forms and then wake up the next morning and do it all over again,
every day. It's a dirty smelly, sweaty job. Women do NOT want to do
this job...women do not have the masculine inclination necessary for the above
job... It is just a fact of nature and not some sort of societal anomoly.
So I'm supposed to take a question from one of the "Housewives"
show seriously? I'd put the idiotic question, and entire debacle, back on
She is a beautiful young woman, and is in a contest that recognizes women for
their beauty. If you want to see intelligent answers to questions from bright
and interesting young women, I'd recommend inviting a few sister
missionaries over for a chat.
It's not the answers that matter, it's how the contestant handles a
public speaking task onstage under pressure. She did not do well - that's
a fact. It does not mean she's a bad person. But, it does mean she did
not have what it takes compared to the other ladies.
She did great and I'm standing by her.Most of the critics have
never been close to being in a situation like that and bumble around when they
have to give a talk in church.We need more people building each
other up instead of being so critical.
The question is inane and misleading. The same question was posed to Romney in
one of the presidential debates. In both cases it was purposely asked without
context apparently to inflame passions about equal pay for [un-] equal work. It
is against the law for employers to pay differently in the same job, based on
gender. It is not illegal or unfair for people who have spent fewer years in
the workforce to be working at lower level jobs and thus make lower pay. The
questioner would have you believe that an employer is paying a woman less for
the identical job, and a man, more. Poor Miss Utah was the victim of an
insulting and difficult to answer question.