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Advocates for Women Outraged At Dick Black’s Sexist Attack on Dr. Jill McCabe


From ProgressVA:

Advocates for women and families today expressed their outrage at State Senator Dick Black’s blatantly sexist attack on Dr. Jill McCabe, his opponent in the general election for Senate District 13. Yesterday evening, Black posted an offensively sexist image on Twitter, insinuating Dr. McCabe is unqualified to serve in the General Assembly as merely a physician and mother. It has since been deleted. A copy of the image is below. Beyond Black’s deliberate misrepresentation of Dr. McCabe extensive and impressive resume, the image suggests Black doesn’t believe an intelligent woman who works full-time while raising a family is qualified to serve in the General Assembly.

“Dick Black insults working mothers everywhere with his sexist belittling of Dr. McCabe’s career and accomplishments,” said Anna Scholl, executive director of ProgressVA and a co-founder of the Virginia Women’s Equality Coalition. “As a working mother, I can attest to the hard work involved in raising a family while working full time. For all of Dick Black’s “experience,” he obviously hasn’t learned to respect women.” 

“With this image, Dick Black is once again demonstrating his utter lack of respect for Virginia's women,” said Tarina Keene, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia. “It’s the height of hypocrisy that, while Black has spent his entire career in office attempting to interfere in women's most personal, private decisions – including attempting to tell women whether and when they should become mothers –  apparently being a working mother, putting food on the table, raising children, and excelling professionally is simply not qualified enough. I'll tell you something Dick Black: when it comes to leading our communities and making our own decisions, women are far more qualified than you will ever be. You owe Jill McCabe, women, and mothers everywhere a sincere and immediate apology.” 

“In a single tweet, Dick Black makes the best case yet why he's the wrong choice for Virginia's 13th Senate District.,” said Cianti Stewart Reid, executive director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia. “It's not just about experience, it's about leadership — and it's clear the Commonwealth needs new leadership to tackle the critical issues facing families today. As an emergency pediatrician and mother, Jill McCabe has spent her life putting the needs of others ahead of her own — and she has a vision for creating jobs, improving education, and addressing transportation and infrastructure on our busy roadways. We think that's the kind of leader Virginia needs, and we expect voters will agree when they hit the polls on November 3.”

“His blatant sexist ad clearly means Dick Black is scared” added Amy Laufer, co-founder of Women Leaders of Virginia, a PAC that supports electing women to state office. “He should be scared. His voting record is an embarrassment and a disgrace. As a physician Dr. Jill Mc Cabe is more in tune with constituents needs and will better represent them. Watch your back Dick Black. “ 

This isn’t the first time Black’s comments on women and families have gotten him into hot water. Black infamously asserted on the floor of the legislature that spousal rape couldn’t be a real thing because “sometimes she’s in a nightie.” He’s also called birth control “baby pesticide” and declared gay and lesbian parents are prone to domestic violence. 


  • True Blue

    Black’s blunder will benefit McCabe; I guess he (and his team) thinks she doesn’t have a “real” role or experience and that it’s okay to belittle working women and mothers.  

  • alongthepike

    Looks like Senator Black has trouble holding down a job.

  • True Blue

    about the tweet’s unacceptable use of military emblems for politicking:   GOTP are famous for “skirting around” the law one time. Then when called out for it, we get a faux “we didn’t realize,” all the while knowingly trying it out so that others will retweet or use the image, etc.?

    More examples: LaRock using the state seal in campaign lit and pretending to not know the law;   T.Rump, Christie, Walker or Palin using songs without permission (called out by musicians who express opposition to the principles of the politician and/or party).  Intellectual property law would kick in if the campaign continued illegal use, right?.

    “Strategery”. . .?

  • VirginiaBlue

    4.3. Additional Limitations on Nomination or Candidacy and Campaigning

    4.3.1. Members not on active duty who are nominees or candidates for the offices described in subparagraph 4.2.1. may, in their campaign literature (including Web sites, videos, television, and conventional print advertisements): Use or mention, or permit the use or mention of, their military rank or grade and military service affiliation; BUT they must clearly indicate their retired or reserve status. Include or permit the inclusion of their current or former specific military duty, title, or position, or photographs in military uniform, when displayed with other nonmilitary biographical details. Any such military information must be accompanied by a prominent and clearly displayed disclaimer that neither the military information nor photographs imply endorsement by the Department of Defense or their particular Military Department (or the Department of Homeland Security for members of the Coast Guard); e.g., “John Doe is a

    member of the Army National Guard. Use of his military rank, job titles, and photographs in uniform does not imply endorsement by the Department of the Army or the Department of Defense.”

    4.3.2. Members included in subparagraph 4.3.1. may NOT, in campaign literature (including Web sites, videos, television, and conventional print advertisements): Use or allow the use of photographs, drawings, and other similar media formats of themselves in uniform as the primary graphic representation in any campaign media, such as a billboard, brochure, flyer, Web site, or television commercial. For the purposes of this policy, “photographs” include video images, drawings, and all other similar formats of representational media.

  • True Blue

    for DOD directive.  The tweeted uniform photo is blatantly the “primary graphic representation,” without disclaimer or endorsement from DOD nor the statement “retired.”

    A commenter on Huff Post article suggests that the embedded word display (of his credentials) appears phallic.  There’s also a humorous Tom Tomorrow cartoon on Daily Kos that explains a lot of GOP male attitudes.

    Unfortunately this whole debacle gives common-sense voters more frustration until he and others are “fired.”

  • loudoun independent

    I think Dick Black is a raging a**hole and I’m not voting for him… but I don’t see how this mailer is in any way sexist. Putting “mother” next to McCabe seems no different than putting “Grandfather” next to his own image.

    Please go back to blasting Black for passing out plastic baby fetuses than weakly trying to manufacture outrage.  

  • True Blue

    From Dr. Jill McCabe’s website –

    Working Mother (of 2)


    Primary Care Physician

    Pediatric Emergency Physician

    Medical Administrator

    Vice President of Medical Staff

    Medical Director of three departments-

    Pediatric Emergency Department, Pediatric Hospitalist Services, and

                   outpatient Concussion Program

    Health Advocate –

    Promoted laws protecting health and well-being of young bicyclists and

           student athletes


    Community Leader

    Education Advocate

    Women’s Rights and Equality Advocate

    Notably – NOT a career politician, NOT a carpetbagger, NOT a misogynist