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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 shares the inspiring stories of five incredible women she’s met along the way. Follow her blog all week long at iVillage.com/iVote. And, if you have any questions about where or when to vote this fall, just go to GottaVote.com to find all the information you need.
When I think about the people who inspire me most, I always think about Malia and Sasha first. My daughters are at the center of my world – and that’s true for Barack, too. Like parents across the country, we want to make sure that our kids inherit opportunities worthy of their promise and a world that is better than we found it. And so when I think about this election, I don’t think about it simply as First Lady – I think about it as a mom.
Each night, we sit down together for dinner as a family and Barack and I get to hear about what’s going on in their daily lives. When I think back on those evenings together over the last four years, I see how much they’ve grown. And although it pains me to say it, I know in just a few more years, they’ll be heading off to college and charting their own futures. And when they do, I want to make sure they have all the opportunities to follow their dreams.
As moms and dads, we want to know that our children will have schools that challenge them and help them grow; the coverage and care they’ll need to stay healthy; and a safe, clean environment to explore the world around them. And we want to know that when they strike out on their own, they’ll get a fair shot at success, no matter where they come from, what they look like, or who they love. And for those of us with daughters, it means they’ll be treated fairly in the workplace.
That’s why, when I’m out on the campaign trail, I often say that this election is not about us – it’s about the world we’re leaving behind for our kids. And I would encourage every parent to look at their vote that way, and to think about what the candidates’ visions for our economy and our country will mean for the next generation.
That’s what keeps me going forward every day. Whenever I’m feeling a little tired, just thinking about Malia and Sasha reminds me of what this election is all about.