Ann Curry Calls For A Safer Workplace — With Or Without The Help Of Corporate America

"We need to move this revolution forward and make our workplaces safe."

The entertainment world — specifically that of morning news shows — was shaken this morning when Matt Lauer, who had hosted the Today show for 20 years, was suddenly fired over "inappropriate sexual behavior," becoming the latest show business titan to fall over such allegations. Ann Curry, who co-hosted with Lauer from 2011 to 2012, is still "processing" his upheaval, but spoke out about men in positions of power abusing women in the workplace and about looking ahead toward a solution.

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"The women's movement got us into the workplace, but it didn't make us safe once we got there," Curry told People in a coincidental prescheduled interview, signifying how this is a larger issue and that everyone needs to feel safe in their workplace and, if something happens, feel safe coming forward without any fear of doing so.

"And the battle lines are now clear," Curry added. "We need to move this revolution forward and make our workplaces safe. Corporate America is quite clearly failing to do so, and unless it does something to change that, we need to keep doing more ourselves."

Even though there are many reports of a contentious working environment between these two when they shared the same couch, Curry didn't use this opportunity to knock her former colleague like many — especially those on social media — thought she would (or should) do. Instead, Curry hammered home support for all women who are speaking out about their experiences with sexual assault or harassment.

This makes sense because — in addition to Curry executive producing and hosting We'll Meet Again, a show which reunites people who experienced traumatic events with those who helped them through that time — she has come forward to say #MeToo. On October 19, the 61-year-old tweeted that simple hashtag, adding her voice to the many women who are a part of that movement.

"I admire the women who have been willing to speak up both anonymously and on the record. Those women need to keep their jobs, and all women need to be able to work, to be able to thrive, without fear," Curry said. "This kind of behavior exists across industries, and it is so long overdue for it to stop. This is a moment when we all need to be a beacon of light for those women, for all women, and for ourselves."

If we're going to fix this broken system, Curry's words should be taken to heart.

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