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TODAY   |  June 17, 2013

Miss USA contestant stumbles over equal pay question

During the Miss USA pageant on Sunday, Miss Utah Marissa Powell struggled to gather her thoughts to answer a question on the issue of women continuing to earn less money than men.

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>>> want to take you back all the way to 2007 when miss south carolina teen usa gave this now legendary answer during the competition.

>> recent polls have shown a fifth of americans can't locate the u.s. on a world map . why do you think this is.

>> i personally believe that u.s. americans are unable to do so because some people out there in our nation don't have that and i believe that our education like such as in south africa and iraq and everywhere such as and i believe that they should -- our education over here in the u.s. should help the u.s. or should help south africa --

>> that's not a great moment.

>> it's a lot of pressure.

>> sometimes it's hard under all that pressure. so that moment came to mind for a lot of people watching miss usa last night when miss utah was asked about the fact that women make less money than men.

>> i think we can relate this back to education and we are continuing to try to strive to figure out how to create jobs right now. that is the biggest problem and i think, especially the men are seen as the leaders of this so we need to try to figure out how to create education so that we can solve this problem, thank you.

>> thank you utah. thank you sweetheart.

>> i think we have all drawn a blank.

>> especially one of our youtube.

>> please don't.

>> we have been in that position where we're in the middle of saying something and you kind of go blank and then it's like that hot flash starts in the middle of your back and up the back of your neck which makes matters worse.

>> but if you looked like that --

>> it helps a little bit.

>> it does help.

>> but it also gets you on the today show.

>> she did make it to third runner up.

>> you want to help them. i have been there when i've hosted that. you want to help them. you want