Los Angeles, United States | AFP | Michelle Obama urged women not to expect a miracle candidate to “save” America on Saturday, indicating again she has no plans to run for president as some have speculated.
The former first lady, 54, was greeted like a rock star at a conference called the United State of Women Summit, with an audience of some 5,000 people in Los Angeles, almost all women.
“It doesn’t matter who runs,” she said, urging women to act for women’s empowerment wherever they can — including at home and in the workplace.
“We don’t wait for the one person to save us. We voted for Barack Obama and he didn’t end racism,” she said.
Obama also paid tribute to young Americans who have risen up against gun violence following the Valentine’s Day shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida that left 17 students and staffers dead.
Other speakers at the conference included actress Jane Fonda and Tarana Burke, a key figure in the #MeToo movement that arose after the flood of sexual misconduct allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.
Thank you to the fierce and fearless @valeriejarrett, @tinatchen and @USOWomen for bringing together a crowd of thousands to reflect on the #StateofWomen, and for inspiring the next generation of leaders. #USOW2018 pic.twitter.com/jU8hvtMpv7
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) May 6, 2018
Excited to join the @USOWomen Summit for a conversation with @TraceeEllisRoss! Today we come together to celebrate everything women have achieved and discuss what barriers we have yet to break. #USOW2018 #StateOfWomen https://t.co/LQWPgfMbAD
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) May 5, 2018
Wow what an incredible experience at the @USOWomen this weekend! I was inspired by @MichelleObama @TraceeEllisRoss @KamalaHarris @YaraShahidi @MsPackyetti @TaranaBurke and many other powerful women advocates.#USOW #USOW2018 #StateofWomen #SuccessCreators #SimplyEbony #MeToo pic.twitter.com/CMPmOOcwBW
— Simply Ebony (@AlyseLady) May 6, 2018