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Michelle Obama assures Qatar that slow progress is being made on women’s rights… in the US

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By Doug Powers  •  November 4, 2015 09:08 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

First Lady Michelle Obama was in the women’s rights utopia of Qatar to speak on that topic, and it was as predictable as ever:

Michelle Obama went to Qatar to give a speech on girls education. There, the first lady of the United States complained about growing up as a girl in America.

“[B]ack when I was a girl, even though I was bright and curious and I had plenty of opinions of my own, people were often more interested in hearing what my brother had to say. And my parents didn’t have much money; neither of them had a university degree. So when I got to school, I sometimes encountered teachers who assumed that a girl like me wouldn’t be a good student. I was even told that I would never be admitted to a prestigious university, so I shouldn’t even bother to apply,” Obama said at the Qatar National Convention Center in Doha.

“Like so many girls across the globe, I got the message that I shouldn’t take up too much space in this world. That I should speak softly and rarely.
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Obama did say that the U.S. has made progress. “And as I moved forward, so did my country. In each generation, brave women and men fought to end gender discrimination in the workplace, to pass tougher laws against rape and domestic abuse, to ensure equal access to education for women. And while we still have work to do to achieve full economic, political equality for women in the U.S., today, nearly 60 percent of American university students are women. And as for the law school at Harvard University –- which I actually got my law degree — the Dean of the school is now a woman, as are half the students.”

That’s “for the first time in my adult life, I’m proud of my country,” Middle East edition!

Not to be Captain Obvious here, but “know your audience” clearly wasn’t a concern for a First Lady of the US speaking in Qatar:

Women remained unable to fully exercise their human rights due to barriers in law, policy and practice. The absence of a law specifically criminalizing domestic violence exposed women to abuse within the family, while personal status laws discriminated against women in relation to marriage, divorce, nationality and freedom of movement.

In Qatar, females still need their a husband’s consent if they want a driver’s license and are intimidated into not reporting sexual assaults for fear of being branded adulterers. They can also have other terrible things done to them. Thank God the United States is finally coming around!

Next I’m looking for FLOTUS to go to Iran to deliver a gay rights lecture in order to point out how intolerant Americans have finally given Ellen Degeneres a fair chance to succeed.

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“If your husband grants you permission to travel, come to America and see how far we’ve come on women’s rights” FLOTUS told women in Qatar

**Written by Doug Powers

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