By MEGHAN DE ST. AUBIN
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden appeared at the Women’s Caucus in Charlotte on Thursday to empower women about the November election.
Obama sang praises of the U.S.’s democracy and how to preserve an equal voice for future generations.
“See this is where you all come in. In everything you do. In every call you make, every door you knock on, every voter that you register. You all are providing the answers to the questions. You are all making a powerful statement about how you want our nation’s democracy to work,” said Obama.
Obama encouraged everyone in the caucus to campaign and help register voters. She highlighted the importance of living in a battleground state, and told the crowd to get to one and campaign because her husband said this election is going to be even closer than the last one. A few thousand votes could make all the difference in a battleground state.
“We don’t have a minute to waste. We all need to work like we’ve never worked before. We need to do every single thing that we can. We need every single one of you out there everyday,” said Obama
Women play a critical role in this election, according to Obama, and hard work should be rewarded because of the values the U.S. was raised upon. She told the audience everyone has something to contribute and has a fair chance as long as they are willing to put in the work.
Biden, who introduced Obama, told the crowd of the president “has our backs,” and how “we have to have Joe and Barack’s backs as well.”
Obama and Biden echoed what other Women’s Caucus speakers such as Lily Ledbetter, Jehmu Greene and Rep. John Lewis of Georgia had said earlier. Women have the right to decide what to do with their own bodies.
Rep. John Lewis called the women in the caucus not just beautiful, but powerful.
“I fought too hard against race and discrimination to go back,” said Lewis.
Obama reminded the crowd to think about what this election means for women and their children—especially their daughters. The passion of the convention lies in the energy of understanding what is at stake, said Obama.
Her husband prepares to give his speech in Charlotte Thursday night to finish the already “amazing week.”
Audio from Michelle’s visit below: