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September 07, 2017 5:00 pm

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Early in her career, Oprah Winfrey had an issue.

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She had found success with the launch of The Oprah Winfrey Show in the 1980s, and was earning more money as the show’s popularity grew. But the salaries her female producers earned weren’t going up.

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“I built this show around myself and the producers,” says Winfrey, the first woman ever to own and produce her own talk show. “We were young women in our 30s trying to figure it out and find our own way.”

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