Fox News’ Janice Dean has endured sexual harassment in the workplace from men and cattiness from women, yet she remains undeterred and willing to help other women.
“Women have to be their own advocates, and women have to come together more to help one another,” Dean told Bold TV. “I think especially in this industry, sometimes we are like ‘Oh, she’s moving up and I’m not,’ and I’ve certainly encountered in my career the jealousy that can come with that. But I’ve also –maybe because I’m older now–and I see the younger women coming up in the ranks, I want to be able to help them.”
Dean praised the solidarity that has come from women sharing their #MeToo stories with the world. She described her own experiences with Roger Ailes in her new book “Mostly Sunny: How I Learned to Keep Smiling Through the Rainiest Days,” and her hopes for how the #MeToo movement can change society for the better.
“I think that we just need to be more cohesive as women and help each other out and prop each other up and being their champions,” Dean said. “And I think in this movement now, the Me Too movement, I think it’s important for us to realize that there is a sisterhood here. We are here to help each other and there are very great men that have helped us along the way. You know, certainly we are seeing the ones that aren’t so great in the news right now, but I document the men in my life who have helped me and have certainly championed my career as a broadcaster along the way.”
“I’ve already told them on ‘Fox and Friends’ I’m like I’ am not shying away from talking about 50 I’m very proud of it,” she said. “I also want to be somebody that young women can look to and say ‘she’s doing it she’s not necessarily a size four or six, and you know, she’s going to be in her 50s’ and I’m still working strong. I’m still doing well.”
Dean’s story is one of a woman who has overcome many adversities in her career, including her diagnosis of multiple sclerosis and — as her book describes — she “keeps smiling.”
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