Passing the Mic

This week everyone gave a lot of airtime to Fox personality Bill O'Reilly after he dismissed Congresswoman Maxine Waters with a ridiculous observation about her physical appearance: "I didn't hear a word she said. I was looking at the James Brown wig." Of course Congresswoman Waters wasn't phased one bit. Like her hair, she is untouchable. And many news outlets covered her response to the incident, in which she inspired anyone who was actually listening to stay true to themselves in the midst of attack: "Be who you are. Do what you do. And let's move on to the nation's business." But the person who I feel should have gotten more airtime this week was Fox & Friends co-host Ainsley Earhardt. I don't agree with her on many issues, but I applaud her for showing us what it really means to have a woman's back—not after the fact with public statements—but right in the heat of the moment. Immediately after O'Reilly made his comment Earhardt, sitting on a couch with three men on air says to him:  "No. OK, I've got to defend her on that. I have to defend her on that. You can't go after a woman's looks." THANK YOU Ainsley. Just another example of why we need more women in leadership.