Megyn Kelly has called on male titans in the industry to combat sexual harassment culture.
In a piece penned for Time magazine on Thursday, Kelly referenced former Fox News chief Roger Ailes’ sexual harassment scandal in July 2016 and alluded to similar stories from Uber earlier this year, and said both were instances where change didn’t ignite the way she had hoped.
“Now that we are in the midst of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, many are proclaiming, ‘This is it. It ends now.’ My take? Maybe. But we have a lot of work to do,” she said.
In the op-ed, Kelly also said nothing was done when she told a supervisor that her former boss Ailes sexually harassed her. She also called out Mayim Bialik and Donna Karan for their responses to the Weinstein controversy.
Kelly addressed the lack of effective options victims face in reporting harassment. “First and foremost, the victim blaming must stop,” she wrote. “Often it seems there is almost a presumption that those who get harassed must have done something to invite it, which leads too many victims to stay silent.”
She applauded women who have spoken up, but argued it’s not enough to change the culture.
“More women in power — at or near the top of companies or industries — is equally important,” she wrote. “What women need is someone they feel safe approaching. An outside lawyer whose paycheck is not dependent on the boss, perhaps — Fox News now has such a person. But women will still be reluctant unless they believe this person isn’t loyal to the company first.”
Kelly said the solution lies in male allies. “The harassers must stop; we know this. But male titans of industry must stand up for decency,” she wrote. Shout it from the rooftops and whisper it in the bars when women aren’t around, because we don’t often get invited to the late-night drinks where those conversations happen.”