A Woman of Substance

I would love to know the inner workings of the giant system we refer to as “the media.” Who determines what gets printed or broadcast?

Hilary’s moment at the Democratic Convention last night made me think about a recent article in the Wall Street Journal on Cindy McCain, John’s wife.  I never knew anything at all about her.  I was surprised how talented and involved with world problems she is. 

As a businesswoman and entrepreneur, I am intrigued that Cindy McCain is not publicly recognized for her own achievements.

This is a summary of the article. 

She graduated from Southern Cal and was a special-needs teacher.      
After her Dad died she became involved with his beer distributing firm and is now the chairwoman.  Sales have doubled since she has taken over from her father.

Cindy and John have a marriage prenuptial agreement, her assets remain separate.     

She is involved around the world clearing land mines – travels to these countries on a detonation team and serves on their board.
They have a 19 year old serving in Iraq , another son in the Naval Academy, a daughter recently graduated from Columbia University, an adopted daughter in high school, and a son who is the finance man at the beer company.

In 1991, Mrs. McCain came across a girl in an orphanage in Bangladesh .  Mother Teresa implored Mrs. McCain to take the baby with severe cleft palate. She did so without first telling her husband. The couple adopted the girl who has had a dozen operations to repair her cleft palate and other medical problems.

They have a Family Foundation for children’s causes.

She’s active with ‘Halo Trust’ – to clear land mines, provide water and food in war ravaged and developing countries.

She has had two back surgeries and became addicted to pain killers.  She talks openly about it which she says is part of the recovery process.

I’m not suggesting who you should vote for. I just go back to my question. Isn’t this newsworthy?

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3 Comments on “A Woman of Substance”

  1. Very inspiring! I hope this does find it’s way to a media spotlight – we don’t have enough positive candidate coverage, it’s all so polarized and ugly. I respect men who marry strong & smart women, it looks like both candidates have certainly done that.

  2. What a wonderful story! I learned some of these things about Ms. McCain however, it is interesting and motivating to know that she has such a strong sense of self-worth. She sounds like a woman I would love to have as a friend.

    Thanks so much for sharing her “story” with us. I am now curios to know the “rest of the story.”

    warmest regards,

    Heidi Richards Mooney, Publisher
    WE Magazine for women

  3. Barb Says:

    Yes, I just recently learned of some of this about her and wondered why we had not previously heard more about her. Unfortunately, only the negative gets high publicity in the mainstream media.

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