With just days to go until the 2012 presidential election, Michelle Obama is giving her husband a little extra push. And while the First Lady has already cast her ballot, she’s giving women voters a few more reasons why President Obama is the right man for the job.
In an open letter posted by ELLE, Michelle wrote candidly about her loving mate who is a devoted father and advocate for women’s rights.
“[...] Four years ago—against all odds—I joined millions of Americans from all backgrounds and walks of life to vote for Barack,” she stated. “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.”
Michelle went on to list five reasons why women all across the country should re-elect President Obama on Nov. 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.
Continue the letter at ELLE…