"One woman can make a difference, but together we can rock the wOrld"

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About Gretchen Carlson


Gretchen Carlson is one of the nation’s most successful and recognized news anchors and a tireless advocate for workplace equality and the empowerment of women. She most recently hosted “The Real Story” on Fox News for three years, and prior to that co-hosted the #1 rated cable morning news show, “Fox and Friends," for more than seven years. Carlson started her television career in Richmond, Virginia, as a political reporter, and later served as an anchor and reporter in Cincinnati, Cleveland and Dallas. She moved to the national scene as the co-host of “The Saturday Early Show” on CBS in 2000 where she also served as a CBS News correspondent covering the G-8 Summit in Genoa, Italy, the Timothy McVeigh execution, 9-11 from the World Trade Center, the Bush-Gore election, and many other national and international stories. She reported and produced a 30-part series on domestic violence that won several national awards. In 2015, Carlson’s first book, Getting Real, became a national best-seller. Her latest book, Be Fierce, debuted in 2017 as New York Times bestseller.

An honors graduate of Stanford University, Carlson was valedictorian of her high school class and studied at Oxford University in England. Carlson grew up as a child prodigy on the violin, performed as a soloist with the Minnesota Symphony Orchestra at age 13, and, in 1989, became the first classical violinist ever to win the Miss America crown. In 2016, Carlson became the face of sexual harassment in the workplace, gracing the cover of Time Magazine and standing strong in her determination to promote a safe working environment for all women. To that end she plans to testify before Congress about workplace inequality and the prevalence of forced arbitration clauses in employment contracts that often keep sexual harassment claims shrouded in secrecy.  

Ever grateful for her success and the opportunities provided to her and imbued with a “never give up” attitude, Carlson has mentored dozens of young women throughout her career and is in the process of forming a foundation to empower young girls by helping them build self esteem and instilling within them the confidence of knowing that they can be anything they want to be. Carlson serves as a national Trustee for the March of Dimes, a member of the Board of Directors for the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary in Newtown, Connecticut, and a Trustee of Greenwich Academy, an all girls preparatory day school in Greenwich, Connecticut. She is an active volunteer and teacher at her church and, in 2016, hosted the “Miss You Can Do It” pageant in Illinois to celebrate the achievements of courageous girls and young women with disabilities. Carlson is married to sports agent Casey Close and mom to their two children, 11 and 13.




   Photographs by Brigitte Lacombe

Photographs by Brigitte Lacombe


Gretchen Carlson is one of the nation's most successful and recognized news anchors and advocates for female empowerment. She has earned a solid reputation for incisive interviews of today’s newsmakers and for sharing timely stories from a clear point of view, which focuses on real, no-excuses conversation. For decades, loyal viewers have credited Ms. Carlson with Getting Real, the title of her best-selling book which celebrates the drive in each of us to achieve and embrace success and to stand up for what is right with a “never give up” attitude. Never apologizing for her own success nor accepting any limits, Ms. Carlson’s personal story is an testament to how strength and perseverance, and trust in one’s own talents, can lead to true empowerment and real success. She is also available to speak on topics from her newest book, Be Fierce.


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Gift of cOURAGE

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Photograph by Brigitte Lacombe


I was extremely fortunate to be raised in a family where I was told every single day that I could be anything I wanted to if I put my mind to it, worked hard, had courage and believed in myself. This constant encouragement provided me the foundation to go out into the world and realize my dreams as well as giving me the confidence and bravery to always speak up and stand up for myself. I truly believe that this kind of encouragement, combined with important lessons about the power of community and helping others when they need a hand, are the best gifts we can give our children.

Those values that my parents instilled in me, which in turn, my husband and I have passed on to our children, is why I created the Gift of Courage Fund, whose primary focus is to help girls and young women recognize their full potential and the bright future that awaits them, as well as helping women realize a safe and nurturing place in the workforce. Please join me on this journey to learn more about the people and organizations helped by Gift of Courage fund, and share inspiring stories of volunteerism and community commitment of your own.

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   Photograph by Brigitte Lacombe

Photograph by Brigitte Lacombe


Access Hollywood

Gretchen Carlson Speaks Out About Time Magazine Snub



Gretchen Carlson: What I Learned From My Biggest Challenges


Capitol Hill

Gretchen Carlson Introduces Bipartisan Legislation Against Sexual Harassment



Gretchen Carlson on Uber, Wonder Woman and Bill Cosby


2017 matrix awards

Gretchen Carlson Receives the 2017 MATRIX Award for Her Advocacy Work Against Sexual Harassment


100 Most Influential People of 2017: Gretchen Carlson



Inside Gretchen Carlson’s Mission to Keep Fighting Sexual Harassment

Women In The World 2017

Former Fox News Anchor Gretchen Carlson on how her triumph in fighting sexual harassment at Fox News is the exception to the rule, unless you have the means to fight back.



How Gretchen Carlson Wants Women to Close the Wage Gap

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Gretchen Carlson: How Arbitration Clauses Allow Sexual Harassment to Continue


TED Dialogue

How Do We Bridge The
Current Political Divide?


Gretchen Carlson: The Time Is Now for Women to Run for Office

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Donald Trump Is Not The First President To Have A Woman Problem

CNN Interview

Gretchen Carlson: "For god's sake, stand up for yourself"


Good Housekeeping

Gretchen Carlson on Coming Back from a Personal Disaster

Good Housekeeping

Gretchen Carlson Talks Miss America, Midwestern Values and Staying True to Herself


ABC 20/20

Gretchen Carlson Opens Up About Her Alleged Sexual Harassment and Her Advice to Women

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New York Times

Gretchen Carlson: My Fight Against Sexual Harassment

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Gretchen Carlson's Next Fight


Gretchen Carlson’s 4 Tips for Overcoming Setbacks