Today’s Lady News: Meg Whitman Accused Of Employing An Undocumented Maid

  • Meg Whitman’s undocumented maid claimed in a press conference today that she was fired after she asked the California gubernatorial candidate and her husband for help gaining legal status. Nicky Diaz Santillan worked for the Whitman/Harsh family for nine years and claimed they never asked for her legal status before employing her. When Santillan was let go, she claims Meg Whitman told her, “From now on, you don’t know me and I don’t know you.” Her campaign, which touts that Meg Whitman is “tough as nails” on illegal immigration, says the former housekeeper is lying. [Guanabee, Guanabee,]
  • Someone asked President Obama about his support for late-term abortions at a recent town hall-style Q&A. The president replied that abortions should be “safe, legal and rare” and that families “should be the ones making the decision” to have children, not the government. He did not directly address the late-term abortion question, however, other than to say laws prohibit them and “people still argue and disagree about it.” [CNN]

  • The NFL received a “C” grade for gender-based hiring practices this year, according to the annual report card from The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida. As for race-based hiring practices, the NFL earned an “A” grade for the first time in 18 years. [AP]
  • As part of its “Hey Ladies: Being A Woman Musician Today” series, NPR speaks with lady musicians on the difference between pop stars and female role models for musicians. [NPR]
  • Why aren’t feminists standing up for Bristol Palin when she gets ridiculed for being a teen mom, like on her recent visit to “The Tonight Show”? [Ms. Magazine]
  • Alison Wolfe, of the band Bratmobile, reviews Girls To The Front: The True Story Of The Riot Grrrl Revolution, by Sara Marcus. [New York Post]
  • The abortion pill (also called RU-486) is used in 20 percent of pregnancy terminations in the United States, according to sexual health researchers at the Guttmacher Institute. The abortion pill was approved and began selling in the U.S. a decade ago. []
  • Women are not making the move to management positions as much as the government would like, according to a new survey by the Government Accountability Office. [Marketplace]
  • A panel discussion on “Women In Tech” at a recent tech conference apparently devolved into a “massive fight.” There’s video! [Lemondrop]
  • Jezebel rounds up the 10 worst technology gadget ads for women. There is a lot of pink. [Jezebel]


  • Thousands of women and girls from Nigeria are enslaved as prostitutes throughout Mali, say anti-sex trafficking experts. As many as 20,000 to 40,000 women and girls may be enslaved in brothels throughout the country. [BBC]
  • The UK’s standards agency has approved a radio commercial for air in which a woman says, “I’ll be your bike. Let’s go for a ride.” The commercial is selling Suzuki motorcycles. [The Sun UK]
  • Activists marched through an ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Jerusalem, Israel, today to praise a court decision that removed a screen that literally ran down the middle of the street, separating the men from the women. [AFP]
  • The Supreme Court of Ontario, Canada has overturned their laws criminalizing sex work after three sex workers challenged the laws, claiming it only made the job more dangerous by driving it underground. []
  • An Australian rugby player has been charged with sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl. This in and of itself is sad, but what’s even sadder is that his character witnesses claim he is a really great guy who would never rape anyone because he answers all his fan mail. [Sydney Morning Herald]
  • UK exec Debbie Smith claims she was fired from her job after she complained that her boss, Tim Watts of the firm Pertemps, referred to her as a “sexy nurse” and asked him to call her before taking a shower. Smith is suing her former boss for sexual harassment and sexual discrimination. [Telegraph UK]