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Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 09/30/2009

My Endorsement: A Career Woman for Deeds

By washingtonpost.com editors

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
Gainesville

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 letters@washpost.com 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 Finally, please include a day and evening phone number (not for publication) and a note disclosing any connection you have to Sen.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.

By washingtonpost.com editors  | September 30, 2009; 10:19 AM ET
 
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Comments

Let’s have a contrary statement from none other than our esteemed Phyllis Schlafly. Well...Phyllis Schlafly is cited in Bob McDonnell's thesis (see pages 39 and 78) and gave $1,000 (via her Eagle Forum PAC) to McDonnell's gubernatorial campaign. Here's what Schlafly had to say for herself at the "How To Take Back America" conference last weekend:
I SUBMIT TO YOU THAT THE FEMINIST MOVEMENT IS THE MOST DANGEROUS, DESTRUCTIVE FORCE IN OUR SOCIETY TODAY. [...] MY ANALYSIS IS THAT THE GAYS ARE ABOUT 5% OF THE ATTACK ON MARRIAGE IN THIS COUNTRY, AND THE FEMINISTS ARE ABOUT 95%. [...] I’m talking about drugs, sex, illegitimacy, drop outs, poor grades, run away, suicide, you name it, every social ill comes out of the fatherless home.
Sound familiar? Hint: Bob McDonnell referred to working women and feminists as “detrimental” to the family. Hmmmm.

Posted by: Willis3 | September 30, 2009 10:34 PM | Report abuse

How many women are currently unemployed? How many more will be unemployed if Deeds gets elected and raises taxes? Why vote for a party that is soft on crime against women, want women to kill babies, and do not trust women to run their lives without having the Government in every aspect of their lives.

How do you feel about Deeds calling the reporter "young lady" and treating her with disrespect?

Funny how just ten years ago Deeds said he was not in favor of rights for gays, but compost is not interested in that, but they sure are interested in something that was said twenty years ago.

Deeds has nothing to run on, so he is instead attacking Bob.

Posted by: irish031 | October 2, 2009 8:13 AM | Report abuse

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