Coming forward

Gretchen Carlson leads fight against sexual harassment in the workplace

Gretchen Carlson speaks during the Eighth Annual Women In The World Summit at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on April 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

A year after her sexual harassment lawsuit against Roger Ailes led to the infamous Fox News CEO’s ouster, former Fox & Friends host Gretchen Carlson says she’s now leading initiatives, and even lobbying politicians, to help empower other victims of harassment.

Speaking with Gabriel Sherman for Vanity Fair, Carlson said that one of the largest problems she’d encountered in her advocacy work was the plight of “the single mom who’s suffering from sexual harassment and is working a minimum-wage job, or two jobs.”

“There’s no way in hell she can try and come forward,” Carlson said. To help women who find themselves in that position, Carlson said she was working with nonprofit All In Together in a yearlong program across nine cities, featuring workshops “focusing on educating underprivileged women on domestic violence and sexual-harassment prevention.”

In the wake of her own case against Roger Ailes, Carlson added that she was working with politicians on both sides of the aisle in an attempt to pass a law banning forced arbitration — as Carlson explained at the Women in the World Summit in April, women who work at companies that mandate forced arbitration cannot sue or go public with their complaints if they face sexual harassment.

“We thought we had come a lot farther along in 2017,” Carlson said. “One of the things that fools society into thinking we have come this far is that we often don’t hear about these cases because they’re settled in forced arbitration. They’re secret.”

In the interview, Carlson shared her thoughts on Bill O’Reilly’s recent appearance on Fox News, which came months after he was let go by the network because of sexual harassment claims. Carlson also spoke about Donald Trump’s assertion that women should “find another career” if they face harassment, as well as Trump’s famous endorsement of harassment on the Access Hollywood tape. Watch Carlson’s complete appearance at the Women in the World Summit below.

Read the full story at Vanity Fair.


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