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Gretchen Carlson on Making Work 'Safer' in #MeToo Era: 'This Is Not a Passing Fad'; "My Hope Is That They Stop Turning a Blind Eye to Sexual Harassment and Determine How to Make Workplaces Safer for Everyone," Carlson Says

Magazine article Newsweek

Gretchen Carlson on Making Work 'Safer' in #MeToo Era: 'This Is Not a Passing Fad'; "My Hope Is That They Stop Turning a Blind Eye to Sexual Harassment and Determine How to Make Workplaces Safer for Everyone," Carlson Says

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Byline: Maria Vultaggio

Former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson wants women (and men) to feel safe when they're at work. The women's empowerment advocate helped make way for the momentous #MeToo movement when she filed a sexual harassment complaint in 2016 against chairman Roger Ailes. It was an unprecedented move, predating the #MeToo movement by more than a year. Not only did the Fox News media tycoon step down from his position, but the network also issued a public apology to Carlson. Thousands of women began to reach out to Carlson, telling tales of sexual abuse and harassment that replicated her own experience. After writing her New York Times best-selling novel Be Fierce, Carlson was inspired to work with Lifetime on Breaking the Silence, a documentary about the untold stories of McDonald's workers who allegedly experienced sexual harassment and abuse in the workplace. Now, Carlson's harrowing journey is being turned into a movie, starring Nicole Kidman, and a limited series on Showtime starring Naomi Watts. "My hope is that they stop turning a blind eye to sexual harassment and determine how to make workplaces safer for everyone," Carlson says. "It's not that tough. The final part in really making a change is having companies realize this is not a passing fad."

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