Out First Lady Michelle Obama is sure going to be missed! And those love-cuddling videos with her main squeeze are not making it any easier, you know. She's so wonderfully poised and a strong representation of a leader. Just last night I watched her initiative We Will Rise and it makes me happy that we will continue seeing her through her advocate work for women and girls. Along with her presence comes her inspiring words: 'When they go low, we go high'. That's right! In her most recent campaign trail appearance she addressed an extremely important issue that has been affecting women for a very long time and one that has become the center table of our presidential election. She got serious and sent a clear message about it that needs to resonate.
Yesterday at a campaign stop in New Hampshire, Mrs. Obama set the tone and spoke first about Let Girls Learn, a government initiative to ensure adolescent girls around the world get the education they deserve. She expressed her engagement with these young girls and remind them and us that...
....The measure of any society is how it treats its women and girls."
She then went into address the latest dangerous violent statements and actions towards women by Clinton's opposition presidential candidate. First Lady not only took the time to address this grave issue, she connected people with the experiences of women who have and continue to suffer from such words and actions by these type of men and to keep it real unfortunately, by some women too--male chauvinism doesn't end with men. It's a conditioning that also affects some of us women.
"This is not normal. This is not politics as usual. This is disgraceful. It is intolerable. And it doesn't matter what party you belong to — Democrat, Republican, independent — no woman deserves to be treated this way. None of us deserves this kind of abuse."
We don't, nor we need to grow accustomed, nor swallow these things and less stay quiet about them. If we do, we will never break the chains of this on-going abuse on women.
"This has got to stop right now."
On a final note, she couldn't have it stated better. These learned values either through self recognition, self-correction and/or by single/both parents/guardians/leaders who instill in us to recognize and appreciate the value in another human being. Pass on humanity.
"Strong men — men who are truly role models — don't need to put down women to make themselves feel powerful. People who are truly strong lift others up. People who are truly powerful bring others together."
Written by Mariana Aguilera