Gretchen Carlson: "We Need a Woman in the White House Right Now"
The former Fox News anchor talks about the strength in compromise and why sexual harassment should never be brushed off.
Gretchen Carlson was interviewed by CNN's Carol Costello for Good Housekeeping, and the news anchor spoke about why she thinks the way women compromise is important in politics.
"We need a woman in the White House right now. I really think that women want to work together," said Carlson. "In the past 10 or 15 years, what has Congress done? Nothing. Our nation is so divided…'compromise' is a bad word. But you're not weak if you compromise."
Carlson talked about how someone once told her that the women in Congress, regardless of party, get together and have breakfast weekly. "I'm not encouraging people to give up their true beliefs, but I do think we need to find common ground on some of these major issues facing our nation. I see this as an unbelievable opportunity for our new President to prove what he can do."
Carlson, who is speaking out against sexual harassment following her lawsuit against former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, also talked about how women often don't stand up for themselves because they will not be believed. "Because the 'he said, she said' mentality still exists. Because we'll be labeled troublemakers." She said that the more sexual harassment is brushed off, the more it "continues to be acceptable."
"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," continued Carlson. "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."
The former Fox News anchor said she's heard from "hundreds, maybe thousands" of women across the country who speak to her about their problems with harassment. She tries to respond to them with names of people who can help them.
"The idea that all of these women feel secure enough to share their stories with me is really heartwarming," said Carlson.