Are women our own worst enemies? Sometimes it seems like it, when it comes to trying to get respect in the workplace.
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, who had her fair share of experience dealing with sexism on the campaign trail as she fought to win her race and become the first female governor of the state, should be one of those women who, if not working to actually raise the status of other professional women, should at least be trying avoid pushing them down.
But not so much. While appearing on a conservative talk show, Gov. Haley put down a female reporter who had been covering her, referring to Renee Dudley as “little girl.”
Ingraham: “This character at The Post and Courier clearly wants to portray you as someone hypocritical, that you’re not what you pretend to be.”
Haley: “All I will tell you is, God bless that little girl at The Post and Courier. Her job is to create conflict, my job is to create jobs.”
Dudley, of course, as a reporter, had no ability to respond. But her newspaper’s digital editor wasn’t under such a muzzle:
It is worth pointing out that [Dudley] has received national recognition for her reporting, like many other women and men here at The Post and Courier.
It’s also worth noting that you would not have stood for such a remark had it been directed at you — by a man or a woman.
No working professional should ever demean another working professional like that.
Let alone in public.
Let alone on broadcast radio.
And especially, certainly, absolutely not the state’s first female governor talking about another woman.
With women like Haley “helping” women gain equality, no wonder we are still underpaid and underrepresented.
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