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Working Women Stand with Deeds in Richmond

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Location: Richmond, VA

~ “Creigh supports women in the workplace, and our right to be there” ~

Sen. Creigh Deeds, the Democratic nominee for governor, joined a roomful of women at the Capitol on Thursday to address the challenges that working women face in Virginia. The women reflected on the records of the two candidates, contrasting Bob McDonnell's pursuance of an extreme social agenda as a legislator and Attorney General to Sen. Deeds' two decades of support for working families.

The women spanned a wide range of ages and backgrounds -- from a Virginia Commonwealth University senior to a married mother of two from Richmond. Each told personal stories of entering the workforce and spoke about the challenges families face in the rough economic climate.

“I'm a proud member of the Virginia economy and I am actively supporting the candidate in this race who understands what families like mine go through every day -- and who will do something about it in office,” said Nicole Rada, a mother of two who works as a data assistant. “I know Creigh understands that -- he definitely speaks to my family and to me personally with his support for people like us.”

“Bob McDonnell's worldview—in his master's thesis, in his legislative record, and in this campaign—suggests that I shouldn't have a job, that my goals after graduation should be limited to getting married and having kids,” said Katie Ford, a student at Virginia Commonwealth University.

“I support Creigh Deeds because he gets what real families are about,” continued Ford. “Creigh supports women in the workplace, and our right to be there.”

“It's abundantly clear that Bob McDonnell does not favor a woman's right to do much of anything -- not to work, not to send their kids to daycare, not to make her own choices about health care or reproductive decisions,” explained Wendy Klein, a professor at Virginia Commonwealth University and mother of two children. “I'm here to support Creigh Deeds, who has been a tireless advocate for equity, opportunity, and choice for women and for all Virginians.”

“There are challenges faced by both single-moms and dual income families -- as we have heard from these incredible women here today,” said Sen. Deeds. “Challenges like affording quality daycare, or having access to health insurance for the family. These aren't areas in which working women need special treatment, but they are areas that Virginia's entire workforce deserves to see attended to.”


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