Meet “Jump Off A Cliff” Storyteller Gretchen Carlson
On July 6, 2016, longtime Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson sued Fox CEO Roger Ailes for sexual harassment, lighting a match that set off a wildfire now seen in the headlines daily. On November 3, Gretchen will step onto Oral Fixation stage to tell us how jumping off that cliff transformed her life.
Gretchen Carlson is one of today’s most recognized news anchors and tireless advocates for female empowerment. She is also an accomplished violinist, Stanford University grad, and former Miss America. Her decision to speak up against sexual harassment sparked an international conversation about the problem and, in doing so, revealed that every woman has a story.
What is your favorite sound? The “A” note. I spent my childhood tuning my violin to “A” and listening to the oboe give the pure “A” when I performed with orchestras to tune to.
If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would it be? Malala—the young Pakistani girl who was shot in the head because she stood up for herself and wanted to get educated as a girl in a country that didn’t honor that. We share something in common—standing up and speaking up for ourselves and something we believe passionately in trying to change.
Who is your favorite cartoon character and why? Wonder woman! Of course! Close second—Batman (the real one in Adam West) for his silly phrases and entertaining me so often growing up.
What is your favorite Dallas hangout? Eatzi’s! For someone who doesn’t cook, this place was a lifesaver when I lived in Dallas from 1998-2000!
What is the weirdest compliment you’ve ever received? You look so much better in person than on TV!
What is the most embarrassing mistake you’ve ever made? In a Miss America prep interview, I was asked my thoughts about “euthanasia,” and I thought they meant “youth in Asia.” Oops.
Name one thing you miss about being a kid. Playing army outside in the woods of Minnesota.
Sneak peek: “Should I tell someone? I thought of the innocent young women who would be crossing these high-profile predators’ paths, and it upset me. But whom could I tell? Who would believe me? I imagined myself being characterized as a tease, a liar, and I was frozen with terror. It might seem like a minor event in the retelling, but it had a lasting effect, like post-traumatic stress.”