Gretchen's Take: The American dream is still alive

We need to work harder at inspiring more women to go into politics and we need more respect for the way in which they are treated and covered by the media -- along with the questions they are sometimes asked.

As a professional journalist for more than 25 years covering major events like presidential elections, and the September 11th attack, I know what it feels like to still not always be taken seriously. The same thing happens to women who decide to run for office. We hear a lot about female candidates' fashion choices, their hair styles and their weight. In my new book "Getting Real" I set the record straight - fighting for all women.

In the book, I joke when I joined Fox News I hit the bimbo trifecta: Former Miss America, blonde, fox news host. I've learned that sometimes when people don't like what you have to say and don't want to debate you on ideas, its just easier to call you a dumb blonde from Fox.

My goal is to empower all young women to go for their dreams, work hard and never ever give up. The American Dream is still alive.