Be fierce Stop harassment and take your power back

Gretchen Carlson, 1966-

Book - 2017

The star news anchor recalls her career-risking decision to speak out against sexual harassment in the workplace, shares the stories of women who have faced similar challenges, and outlines recommendations from lawyers, psychologists, and other professionals on how to resist injustice.

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Published
New York ; Nashville : Center Street 2017.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
244 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 209-229) and index.
ISBN
9781478992172
1478992174
Main Author
Gretchen Carlson, 1966- (author)
  • Introduction: Are you done taking sh*t?
  • Speaking the unspeakable
  • You can't break a badass
  • Don't rob my dream!
  • You have the right
  • "Asking for it"
  • Forced into silence
  • Men who defend
  • Enough already!
  • Our children are watching
  • Be fierce
  • Join me.
Review by Library Journal Reviews

As an accomplished violinist, former Miss America, and Fox News commentator, Carlson is no stranger to the spotlight, but she faced one of the brightest and harshest lights when she filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes in 2015. The results—a torrent of verbal abuse from critics and thousands of messages from women sharing their own experiences—spurred her into dedicated advocacy for fighting against sexual harassment, with Be Fierce as her latest effort. Part call to arms and part how-to manual, the book is slightly disorganized in its presentation, but fervent in its message. The amount of systemic abuse detailed in the narrative can pitch toward a gloomy outlook, since the stories of women who dared to speak out often involve unhelpful HR policies and arbitration clauses, hostile coworkers and media, and ruined careers for the harassed. However, Carlson's drive to dispel the myths around harassment and to offer guidance as to how speak out against it remains strong throughout. VERDICT The combination of advice and anecdote sometimes makes for an unsteady read, but Carlson's uncompromising passion on this issue is highly welcome.—Kathleen McCallister, Tulane Univ., New Orleans Copyright 2017 Library Journal.

Review by PW Annex Reviews

Former Fox News anchor Carlson (Getting Real) draws from her own experience of being sexually harassed to illuminate an epidemic of inappropriate behavior in the workplace, and to educate women on their rights. Carlson does not elaborate on the events that incited her lawsuit against Fox, but she shares stories of other incidents in her career, such as when a camera man told her how much he enjoyed putting the microphone on her because he got to touch her breasts, along with a slew of examples from other women who contacted her after she came forward. These women include a park ranger who was assaulted by a fellow ranger at a conference and then denied a promotion a week later as a result; a soldier who was asked to pole dance for four others and later had her complaint about the encounter dismissed by her superior officer; and a journalist whom Donald Trump pinned up against the wall and kissed while she was interviewing him over a decade ago. Carlson talks to a civil rights attorney about what people who have been harassed can expect after reporting incidents to human resources, provides data from sociological studies on sexist patterns in the workplace, and explores the complicated machinations of forced arbitration clauses often buried in job contracts. She includes a 12-point plan for handling harassment, outlining how to document incidents and whom to tell and when. Carlson further advises on the need to keep young women safe on college campuses, teach children respectful behavior, and recruit men as allies in the workplace. Though the phrase "When I was Miss America" appears a few too many times, Carlson's inclusion of her own stories is courageous, and her commitment to making sexual harassment a nonpartisan issue is admirable. (Oct.) Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly Annex.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

The star news anchor recalls her career-risking decision to speak out against sexual harassment in the workplace, shares the stories of women who have faced similar challenges, and outlines recommendations from lawyers, psychologists, and other professionals on how to resist injustice.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The former Miss America, mother of two and star news anchor recalls her career-risking decision to speak out against sexual harassment in the workplace, shares the stories of women who have faced similar challenges and outlines recommendations from lawyers, psychologists and other professionals on how to resist injustice. 200,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A groundbreaking manifesto from journalist Gretchen Carlson about how women can protect themselves from sexual harassment in the workplace and reclaim their power against abuse or injustice.In BE FIERCE, Gretchen shares her own experiences, as well as powerful and moving stories from women in many different careers and fields who decided they too weren't ready to shut up and sit down. Gretchen became a voice for the voiceless.In this revealing and timely book, Gretchen shares her views on what women can do to empower and protect themselves in the workplace or on a college campus, what to say when someone makes suggestive remarks, how an employer's Human Resources department may not always be your friend, and how forced arbitration clauses in work contracts often serve to protect companies rather than employees. Her groundbreaking message encourages women to stand up and speak up in every aspect of their lives. Gretchen also discusses why this fight will require both women and men working together to ensure that our daughters and sons will have a brighter future.BE FIERCE is a cultural movement and a motivating testament to what we can accomplish if we collectively decide to become warriors in the path for a better future.The time is now. Take back your life, your career, and your dignity.Twitter: @GretchenCarlsonFacebook: @GretchenCarlsonInstagram: @therealgretchencarlsonA portion of each book sale will go towards Gretchen's Gift of Courage fund."Using your voice and speaking your truth is a step toward freedom. Be a 'Fierce' force because that's what it takes to change the world."--Maria Shriver, Emmy and Peabody Award-winning journalist, New York Times bestselling author, and founder of The Women's Alzheimer's Movement