September 18, 2008
Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, the wives of the Democratic Presidential and Vice Presidential nominees, spoke to a crowd Wednesday at the University of Virginia. They took part in a Women for Obama Rally outside Newcomb Hall.
Obama reached out to women during the rally, trying to take back some of the thunder stolen by Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin.
Obama and Biden talked about providing affordable healthcare and affordable higher education. The two also touched on pay differences between men and women.
The campaign's message was received by Shiela Weschler and her daughters.
"I took them out of school early because I wanted them to listen to Michelle Obama," said Weschler. "I think she's a great role model for women, and I thought it would be something they always remember.
During her speech, Obama made sure to emphasize the important role she says equity issues will play in her husband's administration.
"The truth is, when women are paid unfairly, who pays the price? Their kids, their families pay the price. And we won't stop fighting until women are paid fairly for the work that they do," said Obama.
Obama and Biden also asked the college students to make sure they are registered and vote on November 4th.
"It was always about all of you... And I'm talking about a whole lot of women who have shaped this campaign with their ideas and their strategies and their energy," said Obama.
Earlier in the day, the two held a economic round table discussion in Richmond.