Michelle Obama Speaking Her Mind 🗣️📢

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Stealing the show

Former First Lady Michelle Obama was the opening speaker at this past weekend’s United State of Women Summit. She squashed rumors about her running for prez in 2020 and provided her thoughts on the 2016 election and what Trump’s election says about society and women in society.
 

United State of Women Summit?

The first summit was in 2016 and launched with the goal of bringing together activists and organizations focused on women and girls.
 

Making headlines

Here are some lines that stood out in Michelle Obama's speech:

  • When the most qualified person running was a woman, and look what we did instead, I mean that says something about where we are. 
  • If we’re not comfortable with the notion that a woman could be our president...then we have to have those conversations with ourselves as women.
  • Watching men fail up — it is frustrating. It's frustrating to see a lot of men blow it and win. And we hold ourselves to these crazy, crazy standards. We hold each other to these standards.


The right frames Michelle Obama as a typical leftist making excuses as to why they lost the 2016 election. They criticize some of the points she made in her speech attacking traditional family values, including her praise for Ellie Ross, who didn’t marry or have kids for the sake of having a successful career. Instead of uniting women as a whole, the right saw Michelle’s speech as another bad example of a feminist movement that emphasizes a victimhood mentality.  

 

The left praises Michelle Obama for bringing awareness to a very important topic. They believe she raises valid points about the unreasonable and unfair pressures women face in society if they want to succeed. They believe she is furthering the discussion about the higher standards and expectations placed upon women.


We’ve seen this before

This isn’t the first time Michelle Obama has criticized the cohort of women who voted against Clinton - a group that makes up a substantial portion of the female voter base. Last election cycle, 41% of all women, and 53% of white women voted for Trump. While Michelle Obama has valid points around empowering women, telling them they shouldn’t have voted for someone seems a bit contradictory. Perhaps the 41% who voted for Trump value different things than the former first lady.


When someone mentions Trump

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