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Editor's Note: This segment discusses sexual assault and sexual harassment, and contains audio that some listeners may find disturbing or offensive. The book comes out as fallout continues over the sexual assault allegations leveled against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.


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Instead of feeling celebratory about having just accomplished something pretty spectacular, I was forced to fend off an attack. I was new to the job and just wanted to do the best I could, and now I was forced into a situation that was uncomfortable and unpredictable. Those stories inspired me to write my new book.

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Then it happened again. I marked the milestone by speaking truth to power. Each product we feature has been independently selected and reviewed by our editorial team. The first time, it was by a high-powered television executive who had spent a day with me, making calls to agents and other TV executives, supposedly to help me get a job.

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Petrified and without a cell phone, I knew I had to get away. I hope Be Fierce will encourage other women to reclaim their self-confidence in any situation where they feel put down because of sexual harassment, pay inequality, or lack of promotion. By Gretchen Carlson. Why did it happen? I thought he respected who I was. It took me several minutes to gain the composure to make sure he was nowhere in sight and quickly leave my office.

Had I ever done drugs? I worried about what it would do to my career and my two preteen children. Women are socialized to look at 50 as a negative moment—when your body starts falling apart, you go through menopause, and you start looking older and maybe gain weight—and I wanted to defy that. If we all commit to speaking up, we will begin to change our culture.

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Until recently, I had never publicly told any of these stories. I thought about rolling out of the car like in the movies and wondered how much it would hurt. A year after that second assault, I was at my first television job in Virginia, a rookie and still pretty unsure of myself. Credit: courtesy Gretchen Carlson. For more stories like this, pick up the November issue of InStyle, available on newsstands, on Amazonand for digital download Oct.

By Gretchen Carlson Updated Oct 07, am. Had I ever had sex? It stunned me because there had been no warning; we were going to get something to eat after meeting in his office.

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A well-known female reporter in New York City tried to take me down during my first press conference with a demeaning and ugly line of questioning. The cameraman was later let go for other reasons.

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Flustered, shocked, and panicked, I somehow got away from him and screamed for the driver to stop the car. And then something amazing happened: Women from all over the world started reaching out to tell me their stories—many for the first time ever. InStyle November Gretchen Carlson. But now they felt a sense of victory and validation.

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All rights reserved. The case was settled. Twenty-four hours after my improbable dream became a reality, my pride was stripped away. I figured my story of struggle and weight loss would inspire other teens, and because of the of points awarded for talent, my parents also encouraged me to enter the ant.

I was a good student and a violin prodigy—a guest soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra at age 13—and drew on my smarts, sense of humor, and perseverance to get through my teen years. I came up with this strategy as a .

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But with my 50th birthday looming, I saw an opportunity. It will hurt my career. As I stood at the podium in agony, every ounce of self-confidence drained from my body. If you make a purchase using the links included, we may earn commission.

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Once I was back at work, my boss knew something was wrong and called me into his office. More than 20 years later, when the same man was visiting someone else at my workplace in New York City and walked past my office, it was as though the assault had just happened. As we were traveling back to the station from one of my first asments reporting in a rural part of the state, the cameraman I was working with started asking me how I liked it when he put the microphone on my blouse and touched my breasts. I was sexually assaulted twice during my Miss America year.

She gave me a current-events test, asking me 20 questions from her seat.

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That feeling would become familiar over the years, but most of my assailants would be men, their attacks physical rather than verbal. Gretchen Carlson is a news anchor, journalist, columnist, and empowerment advocate. Deciding to make my voice heard was the biggest decision of my life. After dinner, in the back seat of a car, he suddenly lunged at me, sticking his tongue down my throat. I slammed my door and started sweating, and I felt intense anxiety—like I was being assaulted all over again.

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He eventually made me feel safe enough to share my experience.

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