At Procter And Gamble’s headquarters in Cincinnati on the 1st of March, Thursday, Katie Couric opened up about the #MeToo movement as well as her own experiences in the workplace. When discussing the state of women in the job market, Kouric, 61, recalled a time in the past when someone had made “gross” comments toward her according to a report from The Associated Press.
One evening during a meeting with officials from CNN, Katie claimed a network executive said she was successful because of her “hard work, intelligence, and breast size,” as well as another incident where someone was criticizing her wardrobe publicly.
Rather than letting it go right on the spot, Katie responded by writing a formal complaint about the executive who subsequently called her “dripping with apologies.”
The former host of Today, who worked alongside disgraced anchor, Matt Lauer, claimed she was described as “cute” and “perky.” Katie said the comments were “marginalizing.”
And while we don’t doubt her claims, some on social media responded by stating the comment, “perky,” isn’t sexual in nature, and merely means to be “upright,” or “high-energy.”
On the other hand, admittedly, Katie said she has been fortunate enough to not experience any sexual harassment at the level of some other women in the industry. But, she did state, “I have been subjected to widely held attitudes about women.”
Furthermore, when asked about Matt Lauer, Couric said she had been unaware of the charges. As you may know, Katie and Matt worked alongside each other for nearly fifteen years before she left in 2006.
In a statement to Us Weekly at the time, following Matt’s forced resignation, Lauer apologized for his actions but said a lot of it was mischaracterizations and distortions of the truth. However, he conceded that some of the claims were true, enough for him to feel deeply embarrassed.