[WATCH] Meredith Vieira Schools Stacey Dash For Calling Gender Wage Gap ‘An Excuse’

Dash says just like race the argument surrounding equal pay is an excuse

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On Wednesday, Fox News contributor Stacey Dash appeared on The Meredith Vieira Show to share her opinions about the fight for equal pay between men and women.

In a sit-down interview, Dash argued that the talk surrounding equal pay is an excuse and rather than complaining women need to work harder.

“It’s the same thing with race. It’s an excuse,” said 48-year-old Dash. “Stop making excuses. If there are opportunities seize them and be prepared for them.”

Vieira then pointed to the numbers which show women earn 78 cents to every dollar a man makes and said she feels as though we’re fighting an uphill battle. The television host said that at the rate we’re going her 22-year-old daughter will be 65 before she reaches pay equality.

[Related: Black Women Earn 64 Cents To Every Dollar Earned By White Men]

“There’s something clearly wrong. Something clearly wrong,” Vieira told Dash. “I don’t know that it’s just us not taking responsibility. We’re not given the opportunity.”

The two then went back and forth with Dash pointing out the career success that Vieira has reached and the television host clapping back saying it took her a long time to get to where she is today and hasn’t always received equal pay for her work.

Catch the full interview below and share your opinions in the comment section on whether you agree or disagree with Dash.

 
  • thomas

    The myth of the wage-gap (.78 per $1.00) has been exposed as bogus so many times, it is amazing this crap still gets air time. That figure is not based on same job, same position, same experience or same education. It is disingenuous to report those findings without also reporting the specifics of the data and how it was determined. You can’t compare the pay of a female bank teller with the male loan department head and then say, see there is a gender wage-gap. Most likely you can’t compare the pay of two loan department heads (one male/one female), one at a small bank and one at a big bank. Yes they may do the same job, but one would expect a bigger bank with most likely more loan applications with more money involved to be paid more. And notice, I didn’t specify which one was which; so, if the female works at the big bank, she may very well receive a higher wage. This bogus issue is being pushed as just another dividing of the people, pitting one against the other for political gains.

    • babyjanehudson

      So is Meredith Vieira lying?

      • thomas

        Ms. Hudson, Is somebody that repeats bad information a liar or just a useful idiot for those supporting divisiveness among the people? Do your own research. Do you even know where Ms. Vieira got her information? When was this wage-gap study done? What were the specifics of the study? Did they compare apples-apples? If not, the report is BS; the problem is they never tell you the specifics, they just keep spouting this crap. If what I am saying is true, then you would have to ask yourself, why would they do this?

    • Lori Patterson Saizan

      thomas, if you think it is bogus- walk in a woman’s shoes for a minute or two. With more education, more qualifications, licensed status, more time on the job and more duties at that position- my old boss paid a less qualified, unlicensed, less educated male (that he ended up firing ) more than me- the reason? Because he had a wife to support! And that is only one of the jobs I have held in my lifetime.

      • thomas

        Ms. Saizan, The reason I believe it to be bogus is that gender wage-gap studies have used generic data to support a specific point. The studies, when comparing apples-apples, with comparable education, experience, position, etc., the wage-gap is basically eliminated. Looking at median salaries or average salaries does not tell the fully story. There is one-one comparison. Where does this report come from that demonstrates a wage-gap? In many cases, we should all be aware that education, experience and position (at least) have nothing to do with salaries and probably shouldn’t. Regardless of any demographic, the better, more effective worker should receive a higher wage, whether they be man or woman. That should be the only thing that matters. This issue (gender wage-gap) is being promoted and furthered similar to claims of discrimination over race or ethnicity, to carve Americans into separate groups and pit them against one another. With that, I am not suggesting that these discriminations never happen, but these occurrences must be perceived as a rampant occurrence or no political gain is achieved. Based on generic and misleading studies like this, many Americans are being led around by the nose and encouraged to do the “devils” bidding.

  • Estella Cohen

    Stacey’s still not ready for prime time. She must have missed one Fox’s “How to lie with a straight face classes”.She’s an embarrassment.

    • thomas

      Ms. Cohen, Stacey Dash is an actress, she is not an economist. Do your own research. Do you even know where Ms. Vieira got her information? When was this wage-gap study done? What were the specifics of the study? Did they compare apples-apples? If not, the report is BS; the problem is they never tell you the specifics, they just keep spouting this crap. If what I am saying is true, then you would have to ask yourself, why would they do this?

      • Estella Cohen

        Meredith isn’t an economist nor is Stacey. I think you missed the point. Their experiences are different,but most women experience being paid less than men. It’s often not know because people find it rude to talk about their salaries especially if they have similar jobs. Stacey… like I said can’t defend her points and ain’t ready for prime time. She better brush up at Fox Faux School.LOL

        • thomas

          Ms. Cohen, Perhaps we are simply talking over each other. Whether it’s Stacey Dash, Meredith Vieira or Hillary Clinton saying it, it doesn’t matter; the gender wage-gap is a bunch of BS and uses generalized data to make a specific point. Is somebody that repeats bad information a liar or just a useful idiot for those supporting divisiveness among the people?If Meredith Vieira wanted to actually contribute something to her viewers, perhaps she would have the discussion with a few economists familiar with the report she references, rather than an actress. Makes sense right? Instead what the viewers get, is two people that aren’t very knowledgeable on the facts. What purpose does it serve viewers for Ms. Vieira to demonstrate she may know more than Stacey Dash on this topic? Step back and think “big picture’, not just some “cat fight” between these two ladies.

          • Estella Cohen

            If you have worked any time in America(and I have) you know that, it’s NOT bs. So many of us, Black women especially, have experienced it FIRST HAND! I guess no amount of talk about our experiences will help. Like proving that the earth was round wasn’t done until there was a picture of it from the astronauts. Wait…..I forget some people think the moon landings were fake too. Never mind.

          • thomas

            Ms. Cohen, Not trying to simply be argumentative with you Ma’am, but the studies that Ms. Vieira and others quote are not comparing a man/woman in the same position with the same education, experience, performance. Other, more scientific studies reflect that when comparing same position, same education, same experience, equal performance ratings; the wage-gap nearly disappears. No offense intended, but personal experiences are not reliable enough for a society to base policy on. Additionally, no intent to be insulting, but how could anyone trust you on this issue when you think the world wasn’t proven to be round until the 1960’s?

          • Estella Cohen

            You don’t get the sarcasm I guess. Many could finally say the earth was round NOW because there were pictures of it. It could no loner could be denied. Before that, it was all and speculative theory,especially for the “average” person who still thinks the moon landings were a hoax . PLEASE!!! When you have to explain something that simple, talking about any thing more substantive is mute.

          • thomas

            Ms. Cohen, The roundness of the earth had been long backed up by more than simply personal experiences and biased unscientific reports, unlike the wage-gap issue.
            Equal pay for equal work is already a law; the EQUAL PAY ACT OF 1963 states:
            To prohibit discrimination on account of sex in the payment of wages by employers engaged in commerce or in the production of goods for commerce.
            If employers were violating the law to the degree that you and Ms. Vieira suggest, it would seem somebody would be getting taken to court for violations. In this lawsuit happy society we live in, I find it hard to believe that suits or charges of supposed violations of Equal Pay for Equal Work wouldn’t be rampant.
            Instead, we hear BS talk and nothing of mass lawsuits.

          • Estella Cohen

            SMH, SMH. I guess you never heard about Lily Ledbetter? Time and numbers in a company are factors that the Congress has changed making it more difficult to file a mass discrimination suit. Denial is ALWAYS easy when it ain’t happening to you.

          • thomas

            Ms. Cohen, You can shake your head if you like, but what percentage of folks needed a picture to affirm the earth was round in the 1960s? “Yup, there’s a picture, I guess it’s true.”

            I have heard of Lily Ledbetter, but I have also heard and read that this act has seen very few cases actually presented and upheld. How many would you suggest make something a widespread problem? Would it be 50, 100, 100 thousand occurrences in a nation of nearly 320 million? The point is not that it never ever occurs; rather, that it is not factually provable to be a serious problem. I just happen to be a person that likes to see creditable data before I deem something worthy of any mass effort by a society; that’s how my brain works.
            Similarly, if I see a city run by one political party for 50 or 60 years straight, I wouldn’t dream of blaming another political party for the city’s woes. I tend to go with what makes sense, not what feels good.

          • Estella Cohen

            You don’t get the sarcasm I guess. Many could finally say the earth was round NOW because there were pictures of it. It could no loner could be denied. Before that, it was all and speculative theory,especially for the “average” person who still thinks the moon landings were a hoax . PLEASE!!! When you have to explain something that simple, talking about any thing more substantive is mute.

  • Debbie Mccormack

    It is not bogus! I have seen it for a fact! Even in the food industry, chefs and waitresses make good money. But if you’re a woman, you make less than if your a woman. I worked in that circle for many years and it’s very competitive!