Former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson is featured in the February 2017 issue of Good Housekeeping.
Gretchen Carlson: the former Fox News anchor had it all — fame, family, a job she loved. After suddenly leaving the network last summer, here’s how she’s working overcome her own headlines.
For starters, she vowed to rebuild, help her family heal — and fight to protect other women from what happened to her. In an exclusive interview with CNN’s Carol Costello, here’s her blueprint for surviving any setback:
NEVER GIVE UP.
“I’ve had fire in my belly ever since I can remember. I’ve always pushed myself to accomplish goals, and to do that, you need to have a steely side. Maybe it’s because I’m short and blond, but people have really underestimated me. They don’t know the real Gretchen if they don’t know my badass side, but it’s what’s gotten me through many of the trials in my life. I think more people know it now.”
ACKNOWLEDGE WHAT YOU’VE SUFFERED THROUGH.
“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.”
PUT RESPONSIBILITY FOR FIXING THE PROBLEM WHERE IT BELONGS.
“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.”
GET ALL THE FACTS.
“Fake news is a huge problem. A blog will say something, and everyone goes with it because it’s more important to be first on a story than right. A lot of stories that aren’t true get out into the mainstream, and it’s hard to correct that. People want to hear what they already believe.”
“I will work in TV news again, and this time I look forward to being in an environment where I feel safe and respected. I’m confident it’s out there.”
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