Megyn Kelly Calls on "Male Titans of Industry" to Help Combat Sexual Harassment
The former Fox News host who's now with NBC, in a piece for Time magazine, also said that more women need to be in charge.
Megyn Kelly knows firsthand how difficult it is to fight back against sexual harassment in the workplace. As she recounts in a piece for Time magazine on Thursday, Kelly says she complained to a supervisor that then-Fox News chairman Roger Ailes harassed her while she worked at the network as a show host. "Nothing was done," she writes.
She argues in the Time article that male allies are needed to help eradicate sexual harassment and discrimination in the media, tech and entertainment industries. "Perhaps the most critical solution lies in partnership with the men," Kelly writes. "The harassers must stop; we know this. But male titans of industry must stand up for decency. Shout it from the rooftops and whisper it in the bars when women aren't around, because we don't often get invited to the late-night drinks where those conversations happen."
Kelly, now a morning-show host for NBC, also says that it's vital for more women to serve in leadership roles. "What women need is someone they feel safe approaching," she writes. "An outside lawyer whose paycheck is not dependent on the boss, perhaps — Fox News now has such a person. But women will still be reluctant unless they believe this person isn't loyal to the company first."
Kelly's public comments come two days after the release of her former colleague Gretchen Carlson's book about sexual harassment and the mistreatment of professional women. Both Kelly and Carlson were instrumental in helping to push out Ailes from Fox News and bring about a larger cultural change at the company.
Tying together the accusations against Ailes, the revelations about Harvey Weinstein and complaints lodged against Uber, Kelly says: "Many are proclaiming, 'This is it. It ends now.' My take? Maybe. But we have a lot of work to do."