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Oprah Winfrey talks new book, says sexual harassment conversation is a "watershed moment" for women

OWN - 2016
OWN - 2016

(LOS ANGELES) —With every interview, Oprah Winfrey strives to produce one reaction: “I’ve never thought of it that way.” In her new book, The Wisdom of Sundays: Life-changing Insights from Super Soul Conversations, Winfrey shares selections from those conversations that have inspired her the most, in hopes of encouraging others to think differently and live a fuller life.

“My intention with the book is to offer on every page an opportunity to find a way to be closer to yourself, closer to the heart that you believe, closer to the name you refer to God as being, closer to bigger, closer to a better life,” Winfrey told ABC News.

Winfrey also opened up about her own experiences with sexual harassment, in light of the allegations against Harvey Weinstein by dozens of women, including Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Mira Sorvino.

“I hid a lot of things … just like all the women who are speaking up now,” she recalled. “I was constantly sexually harassed but I knew to speak up in that moment, I would have never worked…another day in television, I knew that. “

Despite what she was going through, she said she told herself “trouble don’t last always,” “I won’t be here forever” and “I’m going to work my way through it.”

“Now nobody has to do that,” says Oprah. She points out that the Weinstein revelations are just the most recent in a series of incidents that have brought the problem of sexual harassment to the forefront.

“It was first [Roger] Ailes, then Bill O’Reilly then everything that happened there and that sort of opened it up, it cracked and now what has happened with Harvey Weinstein has really been a watershed moment,” she said, adding, “I think this is a big momentous, powerful time for women.”

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