If Michelle Obama’s body makes us proud, why not shape our enthusiasm with a critique of the status quo, which continues to treat her as an object by fragmenting her to her parts?
Women who supported Hillary Clinton for president may be inclined to measure the Democratic National Convention in Denver for what it is not: a place where history will be made with the first woman at the top of a major-party presidential ticket. Yet the convention can also be used as a measure for what it is: a showcase of the progress women have made over the last century.
Will Michelle Obama be women’s rights activists best friend in the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt?
It’s a shame that sham “family values” have made it necessary for candidates’ wives to diminish their achievements. But while Michelle Obama may not be able to break the mold, with speeches like hers Monday night, she can shape it until the mold looks entirely different.
While playing the conventional role of a political wife in her speech on the opening night of the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Michelle Obama stuck in a plug for equal pay.