Yesterday, I highlighted how Sen. Dick Black claimed Virginia shouldn’t ratify the Equal Rights Amendment because women aren’t strong enough mentally or physically to serve in the military. In stark contrast, Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy took to the House floor and spoke about her personal story of graduating from VMI despite males she went to high school with claiming she wouldn’t be able to succeed there.
Del. Carroll Foy had two male high school classmates who went to VMI with her, but she was the only one who actually graduated. In other words, the males couldn’t cut it even though they (and other males) claimed that women wouldn’t be able to be successful in the military world. Now I’m not saying the failed because they were male (VMI’s a VERY demanding school), it’s simply that women like Del. Carroll Foy deserve the same opportunity to take on tough challenges because they might be the ones who actually thrive.
Passing the ERA shows that we believe in equality and that discrimination has no place in the United States. The Virginia Senate (despite a few right wing opponents like Dick Black) showed it believes this to be true and passed the amendment with bipartisan support. The GOP leadership in the House of Delegates should listen to Del. Carroll Foy and their fellow Virginians and allow the measure to come to a vote on the House floor.
For those who are interested, here’s some video of Del. Carroll Foy’s speech.