First Lady's Open Letter to Women

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In a piece for Elle magazine, the first lady makes the case that her husband is the best choice for women, urging them to ask themselves before casting ballots, "Who's looking out for me?" and "Who's thinking about my family?"


Mrs. Obama may be just slightly biased, but she does offer five pretty solid, specific policy points that she hopes will convince readers that the answer to both of those questions is Barack Obama. Read an excerpt:

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 …


Read more at Elle magazine.

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