Megyn Kelly Proves Why Women Should Stop Apologizing at Work
By Erica Murphy
If you've turned on the news this past week or glanced at social media, you've probably heard about the grade school-like battle that's been going on between Donald Trump and Megyn Kelly.
It all started after the first GOP debate, when Trump criticized Kelly's interviewing skills for asking him about comments he's made toward women.
He took to Twitter to share his grievances:
But despite an awful lot of chatter around the feud, Kelly is just now speaking out. She said, "Trump, who is the front runner, will not apologize, and I certainly will not apologize for doing good journalism. So I'll continue doing my job without fear or favor." So despite all the criticism she's faced, Kelly refuses to apologize, and we commend her.
It's no secret that women have a problem when it comes to apologizing at work: saying "sorry" when it's unnecessary or taking blame for something when an entire team was at fault. In our own poll, we found that 31 percent of women say "sorry" more than 5 times a day, some even up to 10 times. And a study released last year showed that there's a huge gender gap when it comes to men and women apologizing. "Men aren't actively resisting apologizing because they think it will make them appear weak or because they don't want to take responsibility for their actions," one of the study researchers said. "It seems to be that when they think they've done something wrong they do apologize just as frequently as when women think they've done something wrong. It's just that they think they’ve done fewer things wrong."
Here, Kelly is taking a cue from her male counterparts because she didn't do anything wrong. She simply stood up for what she believed in and did her job as a reporter. "It's time to move forward and get back to the news," Kelly said.
So the next time the word "sorry" is on the tip of your tongue, just channel your inner Megyn Kelly, or picture Donald Trump.
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