First Lady Michelle Obama today offered up a distinctly non-politically correct view on the differences between the sexes, stating that women need a seat at the table of power because they bring a “different perspective” to the conversation.
Mrs. Obama spoke at the African First Ladies Summit in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania during a discussion moderated by journalist Cokie Roberts. The session also included former First Lady Laura Bush.
Here’s what Michelle said, according to a White House transcript of the interview:
But this is also why it’s important for us to make sure that more women use their voices and their power. Because we know, as women, that we’re not that complicated, but we are complex. We are deep, diverse, enlightened people in the universe. And the world will be better off when our voices are at the table.
We just bring a different perspective. We are mothers. We are nurturers. We have to juggle a lot.
Many feminists try to minimize the differences between women and men, concerned that this could impede the progress of women in the workplace. But here, Mrs. Obama appears to be taking a more traditionalist view, asserting that the world – and presumably the workplace – can gain from including women’s voices because of their differences from men.