By ARABA OKYIRE
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — First Lady Michelle Obama called on women across the country to continue working hard to give President Obama four more years to advance women’s causes and issues. She spoke to the Women’s Caucus at the Democratic National Convention Thursday morning.
Obama was joined by several notable women’s rights leaders including Ga. Congressman and Civil Rights icon John Lewis, Lilly Ledbetter, and Jeanette Reed. Obama urged everyone close to them to register others to vote.
“We all have a say in our country’s history by voting,” Obama said. “You all are making statements about how the country should be run.”
According to Obama, the president “gets it” when it comes to women’s issues and challenges but elections she said are not just about issues but also about how Americans want democracy to function.
The following summaries highlight Thursday’s two other main speakers. All speakers said
they are “fired up and ready to go” in their effort to re-elect the president.
Congressman John Lewis:
- Draws his inspiration from Civil Rights
activist Rosa Parks.
- Reminded the caucus there is strength in
unity and numbers.
- Women should continue the fight until
President Obama is re-elected.
- He pledged to fight with women as long
as he has breadth.
- Reminded the caucus that she sued her
employers over unequal pay for women in the workplace and won.
- Used her personal story to encourage
women to work hard on re-electing Obama.
- Told the caucus to fight for equality
because it’s the federal law.
Bridgette Hendercks, a delegate from California, said the fact that the First Lady spoke from her heart without any script tells her that she and the president are not in politics for fame or power, but they truly care about the struggles of the poor and struggling Americans.
“There are better things they can do to make more money but they have chosen to fight for people like me,” Hendercks said.
Anika V. Cobb, a college student from North Carolina, said the First Lady gave a great speech and has made her aware of how important it is to get others to vote.“It truly comes down to encouraging five people to go vote come November which is not too much to ask,”Cobb said. “The Lilly Ledbetter story really gives me hope that when I graduate from college, I will get equal pay as my male counterparts because of her.”
JoAnn Higgins from Gadsden, Alabama said Michelle Obama inspires her to work hard for the President’s re-election in November. She reflected the common sentiment among the event’s activists.