Gretchen Carlson on Joining Miss America
While attending Oxford, Television Commentator Gretchen Carlson was considering giving up the violin. But in an attempt to prolong her playing and continue using her talent, her parents suggested Gretchen compete for Miss America. Despite her tomboy upbringing, Gretchen dedicated herself to the challenge and broke through those barriers.
- Please help me welcome
our 2018 Champion of Change, Gretchen Carlson.
- I am Gretchen Carlson, I'm a mom,
I'm a journalist, I'm a philanthropist,
I'm a former Miss America,
and like millions of other American women,
I'm a survivor of sexual assault and sexual harassment.
I'd been fired after a 25-year career in journalism,
a career that I had worked so damn hard to achieve.
There was no Me Too movement then,
no Times Up pin.
There was just me
taking on one of the most powerful people in the world...
and jumping off that cliff all alone.