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Meredith Vieira Argues With Stacey Dash For Calling Gender Pay Gap 'Excuse'

In an appearance on 'The Meredith Vieira Show', Stacey Dash told Vieira that gender inequality in pay was an excuse but the host wasn't buying it.

"I feel like it's an excuse. It's the same thing with race. It's an excuse. Stop making excuses," 'Clueless' star Fox News contributor Dash said.

"If there are opportunities, seize them and be prepared for them, and be the best, if that's what it takes. If you have to be extraordinary, then be extraordinary."

Vieira replied that often that simply isn't enough.

"I feel like we're fighting an uphill battle," she said. When you look at just the numbers, we make 78 cents for every dollar that a man makes. At the rate we're going, my daughter, who's 22, will be 65 when there's finally pay equality. There's something wrong, something clearly wrong."

"I don't know if that's true," Dash said.

"That's true, that's documented," Vieira quickly replied.

Dash said she wasn't arguing with the numbers but still didn't believe it was true.

"I feel like your daughter will be able to make as much money as she wants in her life. Just like you are I mean, look at you."

Vieira said it took her a long time to get where she is and being a woman "had a lot to do with it."

"I guess I won't put my fate into anything other than my own action, and taking my destiny in my hands," Dash said. "I will not be a victim."

"I'm not saying I'm a victim," Vieira interjected. "I'm pissed off."

"And that's the thing: If you want to be pissed off about it, then be pissed off about it and work harder for it," Dash responded. "Because there is a law passed that we get equal pay."

"Except we don't," Vieira concluded. "We don't. We don't."

April 30, 2015 |

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