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A Letter From The First Lady

Thursday, October 25, 2012


First Lady Michelle Obama wrote an open letter to women in the latest issue of 

ELLE. In it, she asks women before voting to think about “Who’s looking out for me?”

 and “Who’s thinking about my family?” It’s obvious that President Obama is all about

 women’s rights, but his wife makes it plain for us. Check out the full letter Below :)






 Michelle Obama opens up about the future of American women and the

 five ways President Obama is looking out for women like you.


BY MICHELLE OBAMA

When I fell in love with Barack more than 20 years ago, I knew he’d be a 
loving husband and a devoted father. I knew he shared my determination
 to make a difference in other people’s lives. But I never dreamed
 that he’d one day be president, and I know that he didn’t either.
But four years ago—against all odds—I joined millions of Americans 
from all backgrounds and walks of life to vote for Barack. I didn’t do 
it just because we were married. I voted for him because I knew
 he was going to stand up for women like me—and our daughters, 
sisters, and mothers. When I look at all he’s done since that freezing 
day he was inaugurated on the Capitol steps—from health-care reform,
 to saving jobs, to fighting for women’s rights—I’m proud of how far 
we have come. And I’m determined to help him keep moving forward. 
(Visit Gottavote.org to find out how to register and where to cast your ballot.)
Here are five reasons to vote for Barack when you go to the polls on 
November 6:
1. He’s fighting for equal pay for women. Barack was raised by a 
single mom who struggled to pay the bills, and by a grandmother who 
worked hard at her job but hit a glass ceiling and watched men she
 actually trained climb the career ladder ahead of her. As the father 
of two girls, he wants to make sure that all our daughters grow up 
with the same opportunities as our sons and are treated fairly in the
 workplace. That’s why the first bill he signed as president was the
 Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act to help women get equal 
pay for equal work.
2. He’ll fight for our right to make our own health-care decisions. 
Thanks to the historic health-care reform he signed, insurance companies 
will have to provide access to preventive services like contraception 
and cancer screenings without a co-pay. And they’ll no longer
 be able to make us pay more for health insurance just because we’re women.
3. He’s putting affordable education within reach. When Barack and
 I were first married, our combined monthly student loan payments 
were higher than our mortgage. So he understands what it’s like
 to be saddled with student debt, and he believes that education 
should not be a luxury reserved for the privileged few. That’s why 
he doubled funding for Pell grants, fought hard to stop student
 loan interest rates from rising, and worked to raise the standards
 in our K–12 schools so our students are prepared for college.
4. He understands why women’s economic success is important. 
Barack understands that women’s success in this economy is more 
than just a women’s issue—it’s a crucial economic issue for our nation.
 More and more women are now breadwinners for their families—
so it is all the more important that we have a president who ensures 
that we have the good jobs we deserve and get the fair pay we’ve earned.
5. He believes everyone deserves a fair shot. Barack has never 
lost sight of the fundamental American promise that no matter who
 you are or how you started out, you can make a better life for yourself
 and your family if you’re willing to work for it. Barack wants to preserve 
that American dream for the next generation. And whether it’s investing
 in education or ensuring that regular folks don’t pay a higher tax rate
 than millionaires and billionaires, Barack is fighting to make sure that 
everyone in this country has a shot at success.
So before you cast your ballot, I want you to ask yourself, Who’s looking
 out for me? Who’s thinking about my family? And I want you to know that 
the man I have loved for more than two decades—the man who has worked 
so hard for so long to move this country forward—is looking out for you 
every day.

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