Exclusive Michelle Obama Blog: Alicia Keys - "A Powerful Voice for Women"

In the last of five exclusive guest blogs for iVote on iVillage, the first lady, iVillage's first-ever Guest Editor, salutes newest Guest Editor Alicia Keys and what the Grammy Award-winning singer, mom and activist has done to improve the lives of women around the world.

Alicia Keys is one of the most talented musicians of our time, and she has the Grammy Awards to prove it. She’s also in regular rotation on my iPod, and every time I hear her, I get energy from the power in her voice.

But Alicia has also found the power of her voice off-stage. Her advocacy on behalf of women across our nation and around the globe should serve as an inspiration to all of us.

Alicia has co-founded a charity to provide support and care to families affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa and she has helped raise awareness about human trafficking around the world. She has also worked to bring attention to women’s issues here in the United States, and is encouraging every woman to make their voice heard in this election by getting involved and voting.

This past July, Alicia joined our campaign for a Women Vote 2012 Summit in Philadelphia to talk about why this election matters for women. Alicia encouraged everyone to speak out about what matters to them in this election, whether it’s continuing the fight for equal pay for women, protecting health reform, or an economy that strengthens middle class families. She believes that women have a powerful voice, and we need to stand up and make ourselves heard in order to keep moving our country forward for the next generation.

If you haven’t thought about how or where you’re going to vote yet, I encourage you to visit GottaVote.com for all the information you need. With early and absentee voting available in so many states, it’s easier than ever to make your impact on this election.

Alicia has been a wonderful source of support and inspiration for me, and she’s got a message the whole world should hear. iVillage couldn’t have picked a better guest editor, and I’m excited to see what she has to share.

First Lady Michelle Obama has been hitting the campaign trail over the last year to help re-elect her husband. This week on iVillage, Mrs. Obama shared the inspiring stories of five incredible women she’s met along the way, including Alicia Keys. You can follow all her posts at www.ivillage.com/ivote.

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