Carly Fiorina: Men must say 'we're not going to respect someone who disrespects women'

After weeks of major headlines surrounding sexual harassment allegations, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, former Rep. Mary Bono, Carly Fiorina and Ronan Farrow discuss what can be done.
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Transcript for Carly Fiorina: Men must say 'we're not going to respect someone who disrespects women'
Good morning, the litany of allegations continued to grow this week ad as more and more women came forward. It's sparked a national conversation from Hollywood to capitol hill, in corporate board rooms and kitchen tables all across the country. The question now, will all this talk bring real change. Me meches his lips against my face. And he stuck his tongue in my mouth. Leeann tweeden said that happened in 2006, before Al Franken was a senator. Just the latest. I remember the lurch when I went to the desk and I said, Mr. Weinstein is he on the pate Yeo. They said, he's in his room. I was like, ugh. Are you kidding me? I am a victim of sexual abuse. It's not an easy thing to let yourself believe that. In the wake of the wave, the propgs of action. There's a renewed recognition, rightfully, of this problem, and the need for change of culture that looks the other way because of who the on fenders are. Whether it's Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein, Bill O'Reilly, Marc Halperin, Roger Ailes, Kevin spacey, or one of our own. It's time -- We have heard that before. My name is Anita F. Hill. In 1991, "Time" declared a watershed moment. Judge Thomas and the woman who as him of sexual harassment, Anita hill, have both been called to testify. 1995, senator Bob Packwood resigned. It's time for him to leave. I think it's better for him and the senate. 1998, Bill Clinton impeached. Indooid deed, I did have a relationship with miss Lewinsky that was not appropriate. In fact, it was wrong. And just last year, Donald Trump confronted by a dozen women. When you're a star, they'll let you do it. They'll let you do anything. You can grab them by the . You can do anything. Is this a watershed moment. ? Or will it pass like so many before. Let's talk about it with our panel. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton. Former congresswoman Mary Bono. Carly Fiorina, and ronen farrow. Let me begin with you, representative Norton. This is not just an issue for the rich, famous, powerful. It happens in every work place in America. And most women are afraid to come forward. Most women are afraid to come forward. It's more difficult, interestingly, to come forward in the hallways of the rich and the powerful. Because they are so powerful. Because they are so powerful. It's one woman against one very powerful man. But what we have seen here may be a watershed moment. Because we are seeing many women, for example in the Roy Moore matter, many women against one man. And that's what we need. This me too that is now encompassed not only congress but all through society may encourage more women understanding that there is strength in number. Congresswoman Bono, this is something you experienced in congress? I did. There is a whole gradient scale on sexual harassment up to inappropriate comments. In my case, it was just inappropriate comments on the floor of the house of representatives. I needed to say to my colleague, that's not cool. Knock it off. It took awhile to find my voice in order say that. And you were a member of congress. I was a member of congress. In my case, this was a peer. Even peers, in that case, it wasn't sexualizing me, necessarily. It was more about taking me down a notch in the eyes of my colleagues. So, um, again, sexual harassment takes many, many forms. Carly fee reen narks I see you nodding your head. You had a powerful Facebook post this morning. Said you start as a secretary almost 40 years ago. Travelled the corporate ladder from the bottom to the top. I know this stuff has happened, because it happened, still happens to me. Yes, and think to answer your original question, will this be a watershed moment? It will bonl a watershed moment if men decide to step forward. Women have been stepping forward. As you point out, for a really long time. What needs to happen now is the #guys need to man up. The guys who know this is happening. Look, most men are good, decent, respectful men. But enough men are not. And all the other men around them know that are not. The truth is about every single one of these stories, whether it's Harvey Weinstein or Roger Ailes, it doesn't matter who it is. Everybody knew. The women knew. And especially the men knew. Soy think it's men's turn now to say, you know what? We're not going to respect someone who disrespects women. And when that starts to happen, if if that starts to happen, then we will have reached a watershed moment. When it's not just about the -- amazing and scandalous headlines. But when actually, the men who choose to abuse or disrespect women are confronted by another man who chooses not to let it go. And Ronan farrow, you have written the stories for "The new Yorker." You see the men deny in the face of the questions. They do everything they can to quash the story. Everything they can. And there's a system around those men, George, that enables them to quash the stories. This sat the heart of the question, sit a watershed moment? Not just are people brave enough to come forward? But as a society, are we E brave enough to confront the reforms of the system. Jackie Speier said congress has paid tens of millions of dollars in settlements over the last several decades. We need to see in terms of reform is what legislators are putting on the table. Limitations on the use of secret set ltments, for instance, that silence the allegations. Are we going to be able to change that? It's an open question. I think that surprised a lot of people. We're not shoe how many of those settlements are about sexual harassment. But millions paid out in secret. All settlements are secret. That's typical of the system. There wasn't the kind of training, training is the wrong word for it, exposure to what sexual harassment is that is required in T Ed D Ed D in the private sector. I sent a letter and asked members to join me saying we don't have to wait for congress to Sarks everybody, every member of congress and every staff member has to look at this video because, George, I am convinced that many women even may not understand what some unwelcome advances are. And that they don't have to welcome them. Or they can turn them away. Or they can say, you know, you're not supposed to do this. That might stop some men. But, at the very least, congress has to repobe put on the same footing as the other segments of Washington. There are a lot of young staffers on capitol hill. To piggy back on what kacarly is saying. It's not just about the men. We knew it was the culture of capitol hill. We know it's the culture of Hollywood, women, too, think we gave up the fight. I think we started saying, you know, as long as I'm okay, I'm not going to worry about everybody else. Seriously? It's a cultural very deeply rooted problem. And the women, too, both, we have to learn how to empower our younger staffers on the hill. Empower people in Hollywood. But, women, too, have to step up. Because I actually realized that my silence was part of the problem, too, on the hill. It's not just the men. We all have to step in and change this now. Carly Fiorina, perhaps step up at the ballot box, too. You have Roy Moore on the ballot. President trump said the election answered the allegations about the accusations against him? Democrats would say president Clint Clinton's popularity answered his questions. It gets to be a question of our team versus their team. Look, again, for every Republican who has behaved badly, and Roy Moore certainly has. And I believe these women. And I think he should step aside. And he won't. For every Republican who has behaved badly, there's a Democrat that's behaved badly. For every famous man who has behaved badly, there's a not famous man who has. It's in the athletics. In coaches. In the churches. It's everywhere. Again, most men are good and decent and respectful men. Enough men are not. We have to decide. Women, and men, that this truly is not to be enabled. Not to be excused. And in particular, that man does not deserve respect from other men if he is disrespectful to women. Powerful point you're making. Ronan, you get the last word. Women came forward to tell stories to you after years, to "The New York Times" and other news outlets. Where does it go next? We'll see multiple law enforcement agencies trying to pick up where a lot of people feel the ball was dropped in the case of Harvey Weinstein. As carlyfiorina said this is bigger. This is about the abuse of power. I spent a year of women telling me they felt there was a power imbalance that kept them silent. Thank you all. Want to continue with Republican senator Susan Collins of Maine. You heard our panel there.

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