Kelly Ripa Is Stronger Than Sunshine
Marley McMillan

Kelly Ripa Is Stronger Than Sunshine

Kelly Ripa attends CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute at the American Museum of Natural History on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Kelly Ripa attends CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute at the American Museum of Natural History on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Last Tuesday, ABC told Kelly Ripa hours before the news was made public that her co-host of four years, Michael Strahan, would be moving to “Good Morning America” full-time come September.

Following the news, Ripa took the rest of the week and the following Monday off, seemingly a combination of unplanned and planned vacation days (Monday was her 20th wedding anniversary).

I have had a difficult time articulating my feelings about the much-speculated drama, but I think I’ve finally got it together.

I am glad Ripa stood up for herself, and that she demanded respect from her employer.

I’m glad she didn’t roll over when she felt disrespected, and go on to do a show for another four months with someone she, along with everyone else, knew didn’t have the same priorities.

I’m glad she learned a lesson from when Regis Philbin left, and she was treated the same way.

I have heard the arguments calling Kelly “unprofessional” for not working the days following the announcement, stances that seemingly stem from her story being unrelatable. Ripa makes a lot of money.

But I don’t care if you make $10 an hour or $10,000,000. You must respect yourself and demand respect from others at work.

If you don’t do it for yourself, no one else will.

By standing up for herself, Ripa set an example for everyone in the workforce, and especially for women.

It’s not sexy for a woman to stand up for herself. Where a man might be deemed strong, women are called ungrateful and bratty. Unprofessional.

We as women don’t need to be grateful just for the opportunity anymore. We need to be grateful for getting what we deserve.

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Marley

hosts the “You Get A Rose” podcast covering “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” TV franchises.

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