By// Chandler Rollins
Michelle Obama is urging women to vote for her husband in an open letter sent to Elle.com. The First Lady wrote:
“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.”
A USA Today/Gallup survey conducted two weeks ago found that the most significant issues for women in this election are healthcare, economy and equal rights.
The importance of undecided women voters in the presidential election was made present in Tuesday night’s debate. Both Governor Romney and President Obama were presented with questions regarding these topics (watch a snippet of the debate regarding women’s issues in our recap here).
Michelle brought these points up in her letter, by giving five reasons to vote for Obama:
1. He’s fighting for equal pay for women. 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.
3. He’s putting affordable education within reach. Barack 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 Michelle Obama’s full letter over at Elle.com