Megyn Kelly – journalist and current host of “The Kelly Files” on Fox News – grew up in Syracuse, NY and suffered the loss of her father before she graduated high school. She followed her passions and became a lawyer, excelling at moot court and embracing the competitive practice of the law. She ended up at Jones Day in Chicago, where she met and married her first husband, now an anesthesiologist. Grueling hours at the law firm made her reassess her life, though, and she decided to leave her lucrative job and struggling marriage to go in an entirely different direction. She started out tailing after local news journalists but aimed for the top, eventually sending her tape to Kim and Brit Hume of Fox News. She’s been at Fox ever since. She also met and married her second husband, Doug Brunt. She’s survived sexual harassment, stalkers, a mid-life career switch, long hours, the difficulties of juggling her job and family, and the personal attacks by presidential candidate Donald Trump who singled her out for extra censure on his social media accounts. This is her story – how she got through it, why she did what she did, and how she learned to “settle for more” in every aspect of her life.
Brash, honest, unapologetic, and at times, comical, Megyn Kelly is no holds barred in this autobiography. With each personal anecdote, Megyn reveals why she made the difficult choices she did, how she wrestled with adversity, how she persevered, and what she learned. This is a deeply personal look at a woman’s life, a refreshing take on how one strong woman struggled to find her true calling both in her personal and professional lives. It’s how she stopped allowing others to draw the lines, how she stopped accepting less, and all that ensued.
I found her view on feminism particularly insightful. She believes there is plenty of common ground for all women to agree upon without shoving certain issues down each other’s throats. She states that women should support one another, whether or not each one conforms to every traditional “feminist” belief. She also speaks strongly against what she calls as the “Cupcake Nation” – how our nation does our young people no favors when we allow them to shield themselves from comments and opinions different from their own. She asserts that “safe spaces” do more harm than good, that life is hard, and we need to teach our children to handle whatever life throws their way. Finally, she shines a spotlight on the hypocrisy of so many in the mainstream media – the very ones who not only allow Bill Ayers to speak but allow him and his wife to teach on college campuses but then shout down and reject Hirsi Ali, a woman who speaks out against Islam after undergoing genital mutilation as a child.
Megyn delves deeply into her year-long feud with Trump. She covers it in exquisite detail, which is a bit over the top in hindsight. It was a series of cruel, unprecedented, and classless attacks on a journalist for nothing more than asking inconveniently difficult questions.
I highly recommend this book to anyone, but particularly women, who feel less than fulfilled in life. The overarching theme of this book is, do what you love, and do it unapologetically. Let your own moral code guide you, never settle, and ask for what you know you deserve. I wish there were more women like Megyn Kelly in high positions – uncompromising, morally focused, with an emphasis on fairness – I think many young girls would benefit from her words.
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