On 'The Daily Show,' Gillibrand talks about equal pay and Jon Stewart makes a joke about light bulbs
7:49 am Sep. 6, 2012
On "The Daily Show" last night, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand argued that having more women in the House of Representatives and the Senate would lead to better, more substantive discussions about policy.
Gillibrand rattled off a few topics, including equal pay for equal work. Jon Stewart jumped on that and briefly challenged her.
"How is that enforced? And I've even read at the White House, that women at the White House do not make the same money that men do in the same positions. If that can't be done at the White House where they signed the law, what hope do we have?"
Gillibrand, unphased, responded by explaining that the first bill Obama signed was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which extends the timetable for when women can sue an employer for pay discrimination, because "you might not know for twenty years."
It was Gillibrand's second time on the show, after a mutually congratulatory appearance last year, in which the senator and Stewart cheered each other for successfully pushing the September 11 health care bill.
Gillibrand mostly laughed her way through the segment last night, even as Stewart pushed back on her premise.
"Women are often very good, very good, at building bipartisan consensus, we're often good listeners, at bringing people together," Gillibrand said, as Stewart began to laugh. "Is that not true?"
"Well, somebody's got to change the lightbulbs," he said.
The crowd booed.
"Wait a minute, she just shit on men as being unable to find consensus and compromise and then I make a joke about, 'At least we can change the lightbulbs,' and then you're like 'Oooh that's sexist,'" Stewart scolded the crowd.
"Male voices are of course important," she said, as Stewart laughed some more.
"Can I tell you? I'm married. So I know the deal," he said.
Later, he came back to the point, saying women should have more than 17 senators because they're 51 percent of the population, but not necessarily because they're better consensus builders
"No disrespect to women, but they're as idiotic as men for the most part," he said. "We all have our problems. It's not like if we had more women, there would be no more wars. Because I have seen shit go down at P.T.A. meetings, that you would not even believe."
"Yes it's true!" she said.
The segment was recorded before Bill Clinton's big speech, and Stewart predicted (correctly) that the former president would cut deep into his show's 11 p.m. start time.
"Is there any chance that what you and I are saying will be seen?" he asked her.
She shook her head no.
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