It’s clear that Gretchen Carlson is not going to take sexual harassment lightly, and you shouldn’t either. In a new interview with Good Housekeeping, the former Fox And Friends anchor opens up about her sexual harassment drama with Roger Ailes.
“Why don’t we, as women, stand up for ourselves sometimes? Because we will not be believed,” she fumed. “Because the ‘he said, she said’ mentality still exists. Because we’ll be labeled troublemakers. Because [we tell ourselves] It was one time, a few times, just move on, forget about it. Therein lies the problem. The more we brush sexual harassment off as not serious, the more it continues to be acceptable. That’s why enablers are as important in this process as the perpetrators,” she added. “If you have enablers surrounding you who laugh at [sexist] jokes or don’t speak up and say, ‘That’s not acceptable,’ the person doing it continues.”
Carlson continued, “I have heard from hundreds, maybe thousands, of women across this country — teachers, oil-rig professionals, bankers, members of our military, younger women, older women. It’s everywhere. Just today, I had an email from a woman in a small town in Oregon who needed help. My lawyers have provided me with names of people in all different states so I can send back an email and say, Here’s someone you can reach out to. The idea that all of these women feel secure enough to share their stories with me is really heartwarming. I want to help them.”
“I can only speak about situations earlier in my life. [Harassment] is belittling. It fills you with shame, wondering if you did something. I remember early in my career when it happened at my first job, I didn’t want to tell a soul. My very first fear was for my job,” she said. “This [harassment] is not an issue that women should feel pressure to solve by ourselves. It’s an issue for our society, for men and women, to fix. One of the most important things to do is to raise our kids in a respectful way with both genders. I want [my son] to respect women when he gets to the workplace. Whether you work inside or outside the home, it’s important to have that respect.”