Forcing victims of sexual harassment into secret arbitration proceedings is wrong because it means that nobody ever finds out what really happened.— Gretchen Carlson
The most unbelievable Gretchen Carlson quotes that are easy to memorize and remember
I'm a big believer in always challenging yourself and learning new skills.
Here we go again. Pandering to the .3 percent of the American population that consider themselves transgender. Now I get to explain this to my 8-year-old, if I just wanted to watch a nice family show with some nice music.
My hope is that when people read my story, it will inspire them to reach for their goals and not give up. The real story is this: if I can do it, you can too.
Self esteem is built from the inside out and that is my inspiring message to all people.
If you Google me, you'll find plenty of "dumb blonde" references - even though I graduated with honors from Stanford and studied at Oxford University. I don't let it bother me.
The first time I was asked whether women can "have it all" was at the Miss America pageant. I said no. I didn't mean that women shouldn't fully pursue their dreams, only that we need to be honest with ourselves.
I'm not superwoman. It's impossible to do everything 100 percent all of the time. And suggesting that women should be able to do it only puts more pressure on them.
I felt vindicated that I decided to speak up for not only myself but women all across the nation who've been put down.
The discipline learned from putting in time and effort as a child is a skill and a talent you carry with you for the rest of your life in trying to achieve goals.
In our family, at this point,[Sunday School] its not a choice for my kids.
It's a duty for us as parents to give them faith as a foundation and hope that when they bemuse older teens and young adults they will choose the same thing for themselves.
I joke that I reached the bimbo trifecta when I came to Fox News! In being a former Miss America, being blonde and then Fox.
I'm a person who likes to give 100 percent to everything I do.
I want to be the best at my job and as a mother.
In the Miss America system talent is worth 50 percent of a contestant's points so my mom encouraged me to give it a try. And once I decided to do it, like anything else, I gave it 110 percent.
One of my Miss America judges called me a "God-clutcher" way back when because I spoke about my faith being an important part of my life during my interview.
I might even pursue a career in politics.
If I do, I will have had great practice dealing with the avalanche of daily criticism from working at Fox News and being a former Miss America. I'm ready for anything!
I've never understood why it's a negative to showcase a talented, smart woman who also happens to be attractive.
My messaging is not just to empower women, it's actually more directed at men because I think it's important for the men on college campuses to hear a women's perspective on how you shouldn't behave in the workplace.
It is what it is. It, meaning terrorism. Terrorism is what it is.
Social media has allowed people to ramp up their personal attacks on people in the public eye - because there is a sense they can do it anonymously.
Our faith is what inspires us to reach out and volunteer to help others.
As a child my parents taught me the biblical charge, "To whom much is given, much is expected," and faith guides me that way. And I believe, especially in this day and age, it's vital that we provide our children with a foundation from which to build their lives - one that gives them a sense of purpose.
There's something about winning Miss America that brings out the snark.
Our daughter was the last in her class to get a cell phone and she had to earn it. She still doesn't have Instagram although she asks me for it every day.
I grew up a fat kid in a small town in Minnesota who was a tomboy and happened to play a mean violin. My goal was to be a famous concert artist some day.
I'm advocating for companies not to make women sign confidentiality clauses just to be able to come to work. I understand that companies need to keep some things secret - like business practices and trade secrets - but confidentiality clauses were never supposed to be keeping private what's happening to people within the workplace. It's a human right issue.
I learned that I had to work triply hard every time I started a new job in a newsroom to prove my value and worth.
We have rules in the house and a sticker chart for my kids to earn technology time. Maybe its because of the world I live in and work, that I don't see much of anything beneficial that comes out of social media for kids. Even though its how they communicate now, so you have to find the fine balance.
To me, faith is being thankful when things in life are going well and also being thankful when they are not. Its often through our most difficult times when faith lifts us up and gives us the courage and the strength to work even harder to accomplish a new goal or do something we never thought we could.
We need to stand together with all of the victims [ of sexual harassment] and make sure they are not silenced.
Through the many struggles in my life, my faith is sometimes the only thing I have to hold onto. God was my only friend.
At my age I can handle people writing junk about me on social media, but I sometimes air "mean tweets" on my show to highlight how destructive this meanness and bullying is to young people. I know how devastating it is for a young person to be the victim of such ugliness.
I felt like it was a sense of duty for me to give these women a voice.
Trust is the most important aspect of being a journalist.
If people don't trust or find you relatable - you will not have success.
Everyone is busy, but I believe it depends on what you prioritize.
My husband and I teach Sunday School together at our church and are very involved.
When people watch me on TV they see part of my life.
I wanted to let them know the real me behind the scenes. The child who was a concert violinist from the age of six. The young woman who took on the challenge to compete in the Miss America pageant. The television journalist for twenty-five years. The mother of two who, just like most women, struggles to balance work and family.
We're not going to fix the sexual harassment epidemic unless we can acknowledge that this is not a women's issue, this is a man's issue. The burden should not be on the shoulders of women only to solve this, because we can't do it alone and it's not fair. We're seeing now the tsunami of all these women coming forward, which is such a blessing. But the tipping point will be when men in the workplace decide to be our allies.
The challenging part of parenting is to stick to your ideals and not give in.
Thanks to my upbringing, I always believed in myself and worked as hard as I could to get where I wanted to be. Nothing was ever handed to me.
I believe every child is born with a gift from God - big or small - and that we should all make the most of our talents.
I am raising my children with the Christian faith and life lessons I was taught.
I am equipping them with all of the information and guidance as a parent and hope they will make sound decisions. The most important thing is to teach kids to stand firm in what they believe and not be swayed by detractors no matter what the subject matter.
There are no guarantees in life, but I believe faith provides all of us with a foundation to live the best lives possible - knowing that there is a higher being who loves us and will never leave us.
I believe giving back is one of the greatest life lessons we can teach our children; that the world isn't all about them, and that through our actions people will really discover what kind of a person we truly are.
I've learned that sometimes when people don't like what you have to say, and don't want to debate you on ideas, it's just easier to call you a dumb blonde from Fox News.
I never had becoming Miss America on my radar screen.
But when I was 17, I decided to quit the violin and my parents were devastated.
Being REAL means showing people who you are underneath all the TV make up too.
I don't read all the junk. I joke if I did, I wouldn't get out of bed in the morning. But, Sometimes the comments over the top - really ugly. Many of them are critical of my looks, like the one that criticized my "thunder thighs." I get that a lot. Some of the tweets are too vulgar to repeat.
Gratitude needs to come back in a big way and I hope to encourage people to get involved.
I'm the ultimate organizer! My major at Stanford was "Organizational Behavior" so I love to multi-task and stay extra busy.
Miss America gets a lot of flak, but the reality is that it is uplifting and aspirational - 50% percent of my points were based on talent.