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Former Miss Americas Kate Shindle & Gretchen Carlson Want Women to Take Control of Miss America Pageant

Two former Miss America winners want women to take over the top positions with the Miss American Organization.

After the pageant’s CEO Sam Haskell resigned after inappropriate emails he wrote about former contestants, past winners Kate Shindle and Gretchen Carlson have released a statement for a much needed call to action for the program.

“While it is reassuring that some of the perpetrators of the abuses within the Miss America Organization have resigned, this by no means fulfills the need for a thorough housecleaning of the Board of Directors,” Kate and Gretchen started her statement.

The ladies continued: “We will continue to demand the resignations of every individual who either participated in the abuse of women or stood by and was complicit by failing to conduct proper due diligence, as legally required by their fiduciary obligations. In addition, we expect that no new board members will be appointed until every implicated board member has resigned.”

“As evidenced by the thousands of voices – of contestants, former titleholders, local, state and national volunteers – being raised in support of our goals, this Board of Directors has lost the trust of the country,” Kate continued. “For the good of the organization, they must step away. The women of Miss America are determined to take back our program. This is not over yet.”

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Jessica Chastain & Lena Dunham Slam Bill O'Reilly at Power of Women Event

Jessica Chastain and Lena Dunham hit the carpet while attending Variety’s Power of Women event on Friday morning (April 21) at Cipriani Midtown in New York City.

The ladies both spoke at the event and took time to slam Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, who was just fired from The O’Reilly Factor amid claims of sexual harassment.

Lena spoke to honor Gretchen Carlson, who was the first woman at Fox News to speak out against sexual harassment at the company.

“I’m in the very privileged position to be able to say whatever the f”k I want most of the time,” Lena said (via Variety). “But when you work in a corporate infrastructure the challenge of coming out about sexual harassment is so massive. And to see a woman who surmounted that and bravely made space for other women to do the same is deeply inspired.”

“We also should’ve known a few years ago about Bill O’Reilly when he confused a loofah with a falafel. So this isn’t fresh info,” she added.

Jessica decided not to refer to Bill by his name during her speech.

“Most recently women said ‘No’ to a certain Fox News anchor,” she said. “After years of sexual assault accusations and settlements were unearthed, women’s rights groups called for the advertisers to pull their support from the show and companies listened. And so did Fox. As a result, the 8 o’clock news hour will be known as simply ‘The Factor.’ This is our collective power in action.”

Other women in attendance included Salma Hayek, Audra McDonald, Danielle Brooks, Chelsea Clinton, Gayle King, Ashley Graham, Vanessa Bayer, and Tina Knowles.

FYI: Jessica is wearing a Carolina Herrera dress and Stella Luna shoes. Ashley is wearing a Fleur du Mal corset and Schutz shoes.

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VIDEO: Fox News' Gretchen Carlson Details Horrifying Sexual Assaults

Former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson, who left the network after unwanted sexual advances from former Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, is speaking out about her terrifying past with sexual assault.

A graduate of Stanford and 1989′s Miss America, Gretchen detailed her first two encounters with sexual assault while trying to break into the TV business years ago.

“We went to dinner and we were in the backseat of a car going to my college friend’s apartment…and before I knew it, he was on top of me and his tongue was down my throat,” she emotionally detailed. “Unfortunately, a couple of weeks later, the same thing happened to me again with a very high powered PR executive. He took my head and my neck and forced my face into his crotch.”

Gretchen then goes on to detail how we must begin believing women when they speak out against sexual assault.

Gretchen Carlson & Fox News Settle Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

Gretchen Carlson filed papers on Tuesday (September 6) to dismiss her suit against Fox News’ former CEO Roger Ailes for sexual harassment.

The network released a statement that the case had been settled, reportedly for $20 million.

“21st Century Fox is pleased to announce that it has settled Gretchen Carlson’s lawsuit,” the statement read (via THR). “During her tenure at Fox News, Gretchen exhibited the highest standards of journalism and professionalism. She developed a loyal audience and was a daily source of information for many Americans. We are proud that she was part of the Fox News team. We sincerely regret and apologize for the fact that Gretchen was not treated with the respect and dignity that she and all of our colleagues deserve.”

Gretchen Carlson Speaks Out on Roger Ailes' Oust at Fox News

Gretchen Carlson‘s confession that she was sexually harassed by Fox News CEO Roger Ailes led to the big boss being let go from his job and now she’s speaking out about his oust.

The 50-year-old former Fox News host took to Twitter to thank fans and the other women who came forward about Ailes for supporting her.

“Thx 2all the #brave women who decided 2also come forward about #RogerAiles. #stopsexualharassment #StandWithGretchen,” she tweeted.

Gretchen also shared her lawyer’s statement: “Within 2 weeks of her filing a lawsuit against Roger Ailes, Gretchen Carlson‘s extraordinary courage has caused a seismic shift in the media world. We hope that all businesses now understand that women will no longer tolerate sexual harassment and reputable companies will no longer shield those who abuse women. We thank all the brave women who spoke out about this issues. We will have more to say in coming days as events unfold.”

Watch a video message from Gretchen below: