Female Governor Calls Female Journalist “Little Girl”


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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Fran F.

Nikki Haley, what a twit.

Stephan B.
Stephan Brown5 years ago

Nikki has conflicting emotions regarding other powerful women. Pehaps when her operations are complete and she is a male Republican she will who more prude in hew choices of words.. But then I hear other male Republicans and know better. She is a trans-party anomaly.

Xil L.
Xil L5 years ago

who relates to her? pass the mic...

Sylvia M.
Sylvia M6 years ago

Pam W.-

pam w.
pam w6 years ago

Well....isn't Nikki Haley just the smartest little cupcake on the platter!

Norma V.
Norma Villarreal6 years ago

Ever heard 'boys will be boys?' Sounds like this was an unfortunate slip of the (Southern)tongue. Can we shake our heads and get past it?

Julian Adler
Julian A6 years ago

This is what South Carolina got when they elected this idiot as their governor. Only a "little girl' would talk this way so this says more about the immaturity and certainly the totally unprofessional behavior of 'that little girl" in the South Carolina Governor's mansion. But, let's face it, what would you expect on a show hosted by a hate monger like Laura Ingraham?. It's also interesting that Nikki refers to "that little girl whose job is to create conflict".....Say what??? Seems like little Nikki is the one whose job is to create conflict!

Sheri P.
Sheri P6 years ago

Well, I'm from the south and I would've been offended. I think it's offensive. Period.

Past Member
Past Member 6 years ago

While the comment was not ideally respectful, I think all this fuss is more about North-South cultural differences than sexism. Phrases like that are more about amiability than put-down. And Southern folks do like to be seen as amiable. (And in Britain, where I now live, people get really upset when presidents refer to Iranians or Iraqis as "folks". Cultural differences.)

K s Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.