Despite their absence from the White House, the Obamas continue to prove inspiring figures for many in the American political scene. This week, on the occasion of what’s known as Women’s Equality Day, former First Lady Michelle Obama spoke out on Twitter in support of what the occasion represents, including raising the voices of marginalized people.
‘On #WomensEqualityDay, I’m proud of all the women and girls who are out there empowering others in their communities to make their voices heard. Thank you all for the work you’re doing, and I hope you’ll share your story with @USOWomen and @WhenWeAllVote!’
On #WomensEqualityDay, I’m proud of all the women and girls who are out there empowering others in their communities to make their voices heard. Thank you all for the work you’re doing, and I hope you’ll share your story with @USOWomen and @WhenWeAllVote! https://t.co/DyNel8uHtG
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) August 26, 2019
The day — which was on Monday, August 26 — is set to mark the anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which (finally) guaranteed women’s right to vote in the 1920s.
The Trump White House made a show of acknowledging the occasion, but it wasn’t even a very big one. The official White House Twitter account retweeted a couple of messages that other accounts had posted about leading women in science, including mathematician Katherine Johnson and astronaut Christina Koch, who on Monday reached the halfway point of what’s set to be a record-breaking 328 day mission in space. While there, she is “conducting hundreds of experiments that pave the way for #Artemis missions to the Moon & Mars, as well as improve life on Earth,” the International Space Station’s official Twitter account noted.
Today, @Astro_Christina logs 164 days in space — halfway to her record-breaking 328 day mission, & on the same date as #WomensEqualityDay. Koch is conducting hundreds of experiments that pave the way for #Artemis missions to the Moon & Mars, as well as improve life on Earth. pic.twitter.com/oOyHLBk9EF
— Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) August 26, 2019
On a more tangible level, the Trump administration has consistently sought to roll back women’s rights. They have sought to implement a new federal rule that would essentially defund Planned Parenthood, denying them and any other health provider that themselves provided or referred patients for abortions from accessing federal funds meant to support family planning for low-income individuals. They’ve already implemented a similar rule outside the U.S., barring international organizations from access to U.S. government funds if they provide or even associate with abortion.
Meanwhile, the Obamas continue to leverage their public position to uplift the voices of those struggling to get ahead. Prior to the 2018 midterm elections, Michelle herself participated with a nationwide voter registration effort, and something similar may get underway for 2020.
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