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Hillary Clinton Faces Question She Never Saw Coming

There is one politically charged issue that affects every working woman: the gender wage gap. There is little debate that it exits. According to the Pew Research Center, a woman would have to work three extra months to earn what her male counterpart makes from January to December. It's a debate all the presidential candidates are well aware of, but it was given renewed attention during Hillary Clinton's August town hall meeting in Las Vegas.

A grade-school age supporter asked Clinton if she will earn as much as a man if she were elected. Not surprisingly, the question elicited thunderous applause from the audience and a huge smile from Clinton. "Well, this is one of the jobs they have to pay you the same," she responded. "But there are so many examples where that doesn't happen—where women doing the same job are not paid the same." She went on to promise that as president, she would do everything she can to ensure equal pay in every industry.

That goal, however, won't be easy to achieve, and she knows it. Clinton was lead sponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act of 2014 but Senate Republicans successfully voted to block it. That bill would have banned employers from telling workers not to talk about pay and limit what could be used as a justification for gender pay differences.

Clinton also co-sponsored the Lilly Ledbetter Act, which allows women more time to bring wage discrimination complaints against and employer. This isn't just political bluster for the former first lady. When she was a senator, she paid the men and women on her staff equally. We wonder if her campaign rivals can claim the same?

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