The only word to describe our Women for Obama kickoff in Falls Church is ‘incredible.’
More than 600 women showed up last Monday, six months before the election, to celebrate the official announcement of our statewide Women for Obama co-chairs, the Hon. Jean Cunningham and the former First Lady of Virginia Lisa Collis. We also got the pleasure of hearing from Anne Holton, Governor Tim Kaine’s wife and Democratic strategist Valerie Jarrett.
All of these amazing women got the crowd fired up and ready to go, pointing out that Virginia is going to be one of the most important states in this election. Women aren't an interest group—we’re the majority. Getting women involved in the campaign is going to be critical to our success in November.
Our guest speakers reminded the crowd of how much is at stake for women in Virginia and the nation. While Mitt Romney, Bob McDonnell and the rest of the Republicans on a state and national level have been trying to dial back women’s rights, President Obama has shown that, with the signing of his first bill in office, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, he stands with women.
While women across Virginia have been hard at work organizing Women for Obama house parties and women-to-women phone banks, it’s fitting that we officially launched Women for Obama the same week President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama would have the first rallies of the campaign, here in Virginia.
With such an awesome turnout on Monday, it couldn’t be more clear that we’re in the general election, and it’s time to get involved. Click here to find a Women for Obama event near you.