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For Black Women, Everything Is a Feminist Issue

There have been many articles decrying Michelle Obama's "un-feminist" choices.

There have been many articles decrying Michelle Obama’s “un-feminist” choices. What these criticisms fail to acknowledge is that for women who are not single and childless/childfree, feminist choices often include a focus on their families and communities. This is particularly true of Black feminists.

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Michelle Obama’s Garden Is Political

First Lady Michelle Obama is interviewed in the White House vegetable garden.

People who think food is apolitical don’t know much about food, just like people who think taking care of kids isn’t important don’t know much about kids. Devaluing either isn’t just ignorant, it’s dismissive of the women who take on these essential roles to life and society.

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Michelle Obama Should Be Brave: Black Women and Reproductive Health Disparities in the 2012 Presidential Election

Though choice is a significant part of gaining gender equality, I remain struck by how our First Lady, a black woman with black daughters, has yet to talk about reproductive health as broader than “choice.”

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Kantor Book Kerfluffle Misses the Point: Michelle Obama Could Be This Generation’s Eleanor Roosevelt

Michelle Obama is no “angry black woman.” But she could be this generation’s Eleanor Roosevelt, and an angry black woman who is just as angry as her angry white, brown, yellow and red sisters because America still has hungry and homeless people; because America has too many people who want to work, but who can’t find jobs; and because America these days works for only a few of its citizens when it’s supposed to work “…for all.” 

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President and Mrs. Obama: Time to Forget Martha’s Vineyard and Come Home

President and Mrs. Obama:  That power elite. If they were ever really your friends, they’re now your enemies.  They’ve gotten what wanted and left you standing at the precipice.

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Michelle Obama and Betty Ford: How One Used Her Power and the Other Still Could

I am very grateful for Michelle Obama and Betty Ford, two American girls whose heartland families instilled such high ambitions in their daughters. But it sure would be wonderful if Michelle Obama, First Lady, were able to be like Betty Ford, First Lady, in leading courageously on women’s rights.

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Michele vs. Michelle: Breastfeeding Wars Rise to the Top

What could be controversial about First Lady Michelle Obama’s campaign to improve infant health by promoting breastfeeding? For Rep. Michele Bachmann, everything.

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Daily Pulse: Women’s Health Beyond Pink Ribbons

While the Senate Finance Committee tinkers with the Baucus Bill, First Lady Michelle Obama is taking center stage in the health care reform debate. But Mrs. Obama is expected to steer clear of policy issues.

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Anti-Abortion Groups Plan “Welcome” to White House for First Family

Christian anti-abortion activists announced a plan to chalk the sidewalks near 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with “pro-life messages and pictures” to greet the new first family as they settle into their White House digs.

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Roundup: Common Ground, Michelle Obama and the Mommy Stamp, Television & Teen Sex

What do anti-choice leaders actually mean by “finding common ground” on prevention abortion? What kind of First Lady will Michelle Obama be? Does television cause teen sex?

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