Bob McDonnell’s Hypocrisy on Women’s Issues

Throughout Bob McDonnell’s career, it is clear that he has failed to take a stand with women on the family, health, work, and privacy issues we care about most. But the latest revelation about his record is deeply concerning  because  it reveals the disconnect between Bob’s ideology and his practical life as recently as 2005.   

Bob McDonnell sat on the board of Regent University for 7 years (1998 – 2005) under an employment policy that condoned sex discrimination.

It’s the latest example of a record that is littered with questionable actions on women’s issues.  When we asked McDonnell about his views on women’s rights, he cited the women in his family and the women he’s hired as examples of his support for women.

But what about the rest of us?

There is a serious disconnect between how Bob feels about the women in his personal life and every other woman in the world and it reeks of hypocrisy.

It’s clear he’s been a benevolent patriarch to his wife, daughters and staffers– but for the millions of women in Virginia he has lacked the courage to stand up and fight for policies that would advance women’s rights as a whole. 

McDonnell voted no on a resolution in support of equal pay day, he’s voted to limit a woman’s access to contraception, he opposed improving the quality of childcare and now we learn he sat silent for nearly a decade on the board of trustees at his alma mater as they operated under a discriminatory hiring policy.

If he stands with women, he should stand for all of us, not just the ones he holds dear.

 VA NOW PAC statement, 10-14-09


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