This afternoon, Michelle Obama and Jill Biden headlined an event in Charlottesville, Virginia at the University of Virginia for “Virginia Women for Obama.” The event was focused on women, but it was open to the public. There were three main speakers, Lilly Ledbetter, Jill Biden and Michelle Obama.
Lilly Ledbetter sued Goodyear Tire for pay discrimination and has become a symbol of the emphasis the Democratic Party is placing on the equal pay issue this election season. Ledbetter even spoke at the Democratic Convention in Denver.
Jill Biden is from a Philadelphia suburb. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware, two master’s degrees from West Chester University and Villanova University and a doctorate in education from the University of Delaware. After she married Senator Biden, she stayed home raising their children. She then returned to teaching and now teaches English at Delaware Technical and Community College. There is more information about her in this New York Times article.
Here is Michelle Obama’s profile from the official Obama Campaign website.
I enjoyed listening to find out what they thought the main “women’s issues” were. The speeches really focused on equal pay. This seems to be the big issue that the Obama Campaign thinks will resonate with women voters the most. The Obama Campaign is trying to make this a huge issue in the campaign. Would that issue motivate you to vote for Obama-Biden over McCain-Palin?
I have posted some pictures below.
Rally attendees with signs.
Table with voting information.
There were police there and also people walking around with clipboards signing up others to vote.
Michelle Obama taking the stage.
Biden, Ledbetter and Obama.
Obama speaking to the crowd.
It was hot during the afternoon. The speeches didn’t really start until 5pm, but people arrived in the early afternoon. One woman fainted during Obama’s speech. The rally was organized, so that medical personnel arrived quickly.
A view from the back of the rally.
A view of the steps.