My Endorsement: A Career Woman for Deeds
The Post is asking readers to make the case for their favored candidate in the Virginia governor’s race in 200 words or less.
By Mary Jones Berry
Supports: R. Creigh Deeds
Party Identification: Democrat
2005 Vote: Tim Kaine
I am supporting R. Creigh Deeds because he supports equal rights for women.
I had a fantastic career as an engineer working in the aerospace industry. After graduating from Virginia Tech in 1962 with a degree in mechanical engineering, I was hired by a local defense contractor to design solid-propellant rockets. These rockets are still being used by our armed forces throughout the world. After 46 years of designing rockets and managing engineers, I retired as the executive director of engineering.
What did it take to do all that? It took giving up many of the things that are normal in a woman’s life. I did not marry until late in my career, and I did not have children.
In the early 1970s, during a company layoff, a man with seniority at the firm told me that I should be the first terminated because I was not supporting a family. Does that sound familiar? Judging by what he wrote in his thesis, Robert F. McDonnell is a man like that. To him, a woman should not be out designing rockets; she should be home taking care of her children.
Every woman should vote for R. Creigh Deeds.
To submit your own endorsement, write to firstname.lastname@example.org with “My Endorsement” in the subject line. Include your party identification, if any, as well as how you voted in Virginia’s last governor’s race. Finally, please include a day and evening phone number (not for publication) and a note disclosing any connection you have to Sen. R. Creigh Deeds or Robert F. McDonnell, their campaigns or the Democratic or Republican parties.
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