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Fact Check: Working Women

Here's the thesis again. Creigh Deeds just went after Bob McDonnell for not supporting working women, and Bob McDonnell reacted pretty powerfully.

"I'm offended," McDonnell said, that Deeds would say he doesn't support working women when his wife and daughters, including a daughter who served as a platoon leader in Iraq, were sitting in the front row here at the Capital One center. Men and women, McDonnell said, should be judged on merit, on their character and "on their love for Virginia."

In his graduate thesis 20 years ago, he described working women and feminists as "detrimental" to the family. McDonnell also voted against a resolution in the House of Delegates in support of equal pay for women.

McDonnell said in response to inquires about the thesis: "Like everybody, my views on many issues have changed as I have gotten older." He said that his views on family policy were best represented by his 1995 welfare reform legislation, and that he "worked to include child day care in the bill so women would have greater freedom to work." What he wrote in the thesis on women in the workplace, he said, "was simply an academic exercise and clearly does not reflect my views."

By Amy Gardner  |  September 17, 2009; 11:55 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race Fact Checker , Amy Gardner  
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Comments

How is it helping families if women can't be assured equal pay for equal work? If McDonnell doesn't support equity for women, then he can't be said to support women's issues.

Posted by: EllieAshford | September 17, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

TO: EllieAshford

Don't fall for it, Ellie!! Use your brain, apply some common sense and actually RESEARCH what you've heard yourself.

You'll learn that equal pay became FEDERAL LAW in 1963 . . . 1 9 6 3 . . . when the EQUAL PAY ACT became the law of the land. Go ahead . . . Google it . . . it's there.

So, it seems OBVIOUS that McDonnell could NOT have voted against equal pay for women in 2001 - according to Deeds and the media - when it was a long, well established law, right? RIGHT! [Good Girl, Ellie, work those brain cells!!!]

So, what did McDonnell vote against? A "DAY". A proclamation to name a day "Equal Pay Day" in honor of the already well established law. Guess what . . . 32 others also voted against it, too!!

Why did he vote against a proclamation naming a Day? Don't know but I can only guess it may have had to do with the time and expense incurred to do such. It was pretty much a REDUNDANT proclamation and there is an expense involved in passing any legislation - time and recording vote, drawing up and presenting the proclamation, etc. Sounds to me as though McDonnell was being fiscally prudent.

Gee, none of that is what Deeds and the media led you to believe, is it?? Surprise, surprise!!!

Posted by: JackESpratt | September 17, 2009 6:57 PM | Report abuse

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