Women’s voices

Michelle Obama delivers strong rebuke to women who voted for Trump

Former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Glamour)

Former first lady Michelle Obama issued a blunt rebuke to Trump voters at the Inbound conference in Boston this week, telling the audience that “any woman who voted against Hillary Clinton voted against their own voice.” Despite her seeming condemnation of Trump, Obama added that, for the country’s sake, she still hopes that Trump can be a successful president — even if she thinks it’s fortunate that Trump continues to fail at repealing at the Affordable Care Act.

“The Affordable Care Act isn’t Barack’s legacy,” she said. “It’s the country’s legacy.”

Obama also spoke at length about the pervasive sexism endured by women nationwide, noting that women are “socialized to sit there and be quiet.”

“We think 12 times before we open our mouths. We argue with ourselves in our head, and we think that before I can speak up it has to be perfect, while the guy is like, ‘Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah,’ not thinking about perfect, right, or anything. He’s just like, ‘I’m used to hearing my voice.’” said Obama. “You’ve been socialized to think your voice doesn’t matter, and it’s done in very subtle ways — maybe it happened at the dinner table with the father you adored but who’d talk right over you.”

Watch a clip from Obama’s speech below.

Read the full story at Boston.com.


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