In the concluding speech of his 2012 presidential campaign, President Barack Obama closed his remarks with the story of one woman whom he said "changed the room" during his 2007 visit to Greenwood, South Carolina and ultimately changed the world. In his address to the crowd in Des Moines, Iowa, he told the story of how the rallying cry of his first campaign, "Fired Up! Ready To Go!" evolved and why Edith Childs deserves the credit. Here's the original story as it appeared in the Los Angeles Times and a more recent update.
It's a nice touch from a president who has always been pro-women, from his first bill signed into law -- the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act -- to his support of the 8 preventive services for women that are included in the Affordable Care Act. It's understandable as women voters were instrumental in putting Obama in the White House in 2008 and can do the same in 2012 if they turn out in large numbers.
Make sure you go out to vote on Election Day. And if your political passion extends to talking about politics on Facebook (even though some say it's impolite) make sure you take advantage of the AAUW's fun Facebook cover photos designed to encourage women to vote. I put one up as my cover -- how about you?