I don’t know anyone that watches pageants, but this would have been all the more reason to watch a stunning beauty stumble her way though what most would think to be an easy question.

Very simply, what does it say about society when women, who make up 40 percent of the primary earners, still earn less than men?

I would think you can come up with any number of answers to that one, requiring fewer words.

I’m prone to those moments myself. Probably more times than I care to admit.

But this takes the cake.

A finalist in the Miss USA competition is drawing unique attention for her response to a question about women’s wages.

Marissa Powell, a 21-year-old Salt Lake City native, strutted across the stage in a sequin-lined dress Sunday, drawing a question from panelist NeNe Leakes.

“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 it say about society?”

Powell nodded along, pondering her response.

She considered the right words. She paused.

Then she opened her mouth.

“I think we can relate this back to education, and how we are continuing to try to strive … to … [Think! Think! She smiles, caught on some meandering, tangential wavelength] … figure out how to create jobs right now. That is the biggest problem right now.

“I think, especially the men are … um … seen as the leaders of this, and so we need to see how to … create education better. So that we can solve this problem. Thank you.”

Creating education better!
That’s a pretty extraordinary leap, no?

Not that I watch, but I wonder, why bother even asking the questions?

But stunning, yes. So much so that she won the honor of being Miss Photogenic.

However she didn’t go on to win it all.
That honor went to Miss Connecticut, Erin Brady.

I’d never know unless I’d read about it.

I fell asleep on the couch last night watching the finale of “The Borgias!”