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‘Fox & Friends’ advice for women in the workplace: ‘Don't talk too much’

In a segment that sounded like something out of the ´60s, “Fox & Friends” dispensed advice to career-minded women Monday that included telling them to “wear colorful tops” and to avoid raising their voices under pressure.
In a segment that sounded like something out of the '60s, “Fox & Friends” dispensed advice to career-minded women Monday that included telling them to “wear colorful tops” and to avoid raising their voices under pressure. iStockphoto

(TheWrap.com) - In a segment that sounded like something out of the '60s, “Fox & Friends” dispensed advice to career-minded women Monday that included telling them to “wear colorful tops” and to avoid raising their voices under pressure.

Author Sylvia Ann Hewlett, who describes herself as an expert on gender and workplace issues, was on the Fox News morning show to promote her book ”Executive Presence: The Missing Link Between Merit and Success.” But the tips she offered were reminiscent of decades-old adages that suggest women should be seen and not heard.

While her book is described as a guide for what both genders should do to get ahead in their careers, most of Hewlett's advice was geared towards women.

Early on in the segment, they ran this list of “Do's” and “Don'ts”:

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  • “Keep it low; don't speak loud,” said TV host Brian Kilmeade at one point, trying to boil down the line of advice for women who might be watching.

    Hewlett also stressed that the most important aspect of looking the part was feeling comfortable in one's own clothing, and she cautioned women against ”[filling] the air with words… often times that undermines you, just rambling.”

    “Don't talk too much?” co-host Steve Doocy asked, trying to figure out what she was getting at.

    “Exactly,” Hewlett responded.

    This isn't the first time Fox News may have upset some of its female viewers. As TheWrap previously reported, one of the network's reporters, Jesse Watters, bizarrely chose to categorize unmarried women as “Beyoncé voters” because of her song “Single Ladies.” He went on to claim that single women relied heavily on government assistance because they didn't have husbands to rely on.

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