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McDonnell’s Thesis


I’ve skimmed it, with a particular focus on the portions that have been in the news. I offer my take over at the Washington Post. An excerpt:

Maybe he was saying that working women as such were “detrimental” to the family. But from my skim of the thesis I don’t see that message anywhere else in it—and remember that McDonnell wasn’t trying to finesse anything in it. (McDonnell’s fifteen-point plan says nothing about discouraging women from working.) If, on the other hand, McDonnell was saying that it would be detrimental to families to encourage them to use day care rather than helping them make their own decisions, then he was right.


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