‘We Will Not Be Silenced;’ Gretchen Carlson Speaks In Boston About Sexual Harassment At Fox News

By Kristin LaFratta
MassLive.com, Springfield, Mass.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson spoke to thousands of professionals during the Simmons Leadership Conference in Boston this week. Carlson powerfully articulated her journey from a Miss America winner in 1989 to a top news anchor at CBS and later Fox News. At every level of her career, she recounted experiences of sexual harassment.

MassLive.com, Springfield, Mass.

It’s been almost two years since former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson revealed she was a victim of sexual harassment by the network’s then-chief executive and chairman Roger Ailes.

She remembers the Internet trolls who attacked her at the time. “Kill yourself, hag!” she recounts the Twitterverse told her. “Dress like a businesswoman, not like a whore.”

“At first it felt like I literally landed in hell,” Carlson said in Boston Thursday. “Turns out, those horrible voices were and hopefully still are the minority.”

Carlson spoke to thousands of professionals during the Simmons Leadership Conference at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center in Boston on Thursday afternoon. Carlson powerfully articulated her journey from a Miss America winner in 1989 to a top news anchor at CBS and later Fox News. At every level of her career, she recounted experiences of sexual harassment.

“For 26 years I felt shame and embarrassment and responsibility,” Carlson said. “It took me a quarter-century to say I had been assaulted.”

It was July 2016 when she stepped out of her spotlight as a TV personality and into a new limelight, as the woman who accused the leader of the most popular cable news network of sexual harassment.

Following the news of Carlson’s accusations in July 2016, Ailes vehemently denied the allegations. But dozens of women followed Carlson’s lead with similar accounts, and Ailes was forced to resign. He later died in May 2017 at the age of 77. Twenty-first Century Fox later issued a public apology and settled Carlson’s claim for $20 million.

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