“If we live in a society that is stuck in victimhood, we will have lots of victims,” says the Fox News anchor in an International Women's Day essay.
I remember as a little girl asking my mom what “women’s liberation” was. To me at that age, it was women marching and burning their bras and Gloria Steinem leading the way. I thought they seemed bold and cool on the cover of Time magazine and I liked their brazenness. I remember the battle over the Equal Rights Amendment and women wearing buttons that said “ERA!” Equal rights, who could argue with that? It never did pass.
My mom was home when we were kids, but went back to work teaching when I was 10. I was proud of her and often we would drive to school together, which I liked. She graduated from Brown University and was the editor of the newspaper there. She always encouraged her three daughters to work hard and it was always assumed that we would be working and have careers. It wasn’t something we wore on t-shirts; it just was.
When I started at the Wall Street Journal after college in 1990, there were lots of smart women around me all the time. They were writing for the paper, serving as managing editor, winning Pulitzers and anchoring the weekend show I worked on. It was so inspiring to me.