Nikki Haley’s Record on Promoting Women’s Rights: Slim to Nonexistent

Nikki Haley delivering remarks at the UN on the famine risks in certain countries in Africa and in Yemen, above. Her record on promoting women’s rights as US ambassador to the UN has so far has been minimal if not ambivalent. Photo Credit: UN PHOTO

“During the general-elections campaign, a group of South Carolina women came to me with a pledge they asked me to sign. It committed me to appointing women to high-level positions in my administration if I were elected governor. My white male opponent immediately signed it. I didn’t. I told the group that I wouldn’t sign a quota pledge, but I would promise to appoint the best people for the job, regardless of sex. No one is a bigger booster of women in public service than me. But I didn’t want to appoint a woman because she was a woman — and I certainly didn’t want a member of my team who thought she had the right to be there because she was a woman. I got some heat for this stand.

. . . I realized these groups — the groups claiming to represent women and minorities — are just like any other establishment special-interest groups. They’re looking for politicians who will work for them, not for the taxpayers. But I hadn’t spent seven years fighting the old establishment to be bought and paid for by a new establishment.”

“All of my policy is not based on a label, it’s based on what I’ve lived and what I know: Women don’t care about contraception. They care about jobs and the economy and raising their families and all of those things.”

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