We just had to share this speech from Mrs Obama at the recent Democratic Convention.  It was in support of Hillary Clinton for President, but touched on her aspirations for her daughters in a way that really resonated with me as a mum.

It’s well worth watching below and we’ve included the transcript too.

Transcript below.

MRS. OBAMA: Thank you all. Thank you so
much. You know, it’s hard to believe that it has been
eight years since I first came to this convention to talk
with you about why I thought my husband should be
President. Remember how I told you about his
character and conviction, his decency and his grace -– the
traits that we’ve seen every day that he’s served our
country in the White House.

I also told you about our daughters –- how they are
the heart of our hearts, the center of our world. And
during our time in the White House, we’ve had the joy of
watching them grow from bubbly little girls into poised
young women -– a journey that started soon after we arrived
in Washington, when they set off for their first day at
their new school.

I will never forget that winter morning as I watched
our girls, just seven and ten years old, pile into those
black SUVs with all those big men with
guns. And I saw their little faces pressed up
against the window, and the only thing I could think was,
“What have we done?” See, because at that
moment, I realized that our time in the White House would
form the foundation for who they would become, and how well
we managed this experience could truly make or break them.

That is what Barack and I think about every day as we
try to guide and protect our girls through the challenges
of this unusual life in the spotlight — how we urge them
to ignore those who question their father’s citizenship or
faith. How we insist that the hateful
language they hear from public figures on TV does not
represent the true spirit of this
country. How we explain that when someone is
cruel, or acts like a bully, you don’t stoop to their level
-– no, our motto is, when they go low, we go
With every word we utter, with every action we take,
we know our kids are watching us. We as parents are their
most important role models. And let me tell you, Barack
and I take that same approach to our jobs as President and
First Lady, because we know that our words and actions
matter not just to our girls, but to children across this
country –- kids who tell us, “I saw you on TV, I wrote a
report on you for school.” Kids like the little black boy
who looked up at my husband, his eyes wide with hope, and
he wondered, “Is my hair like yours?”

And make no mistake about it, this November, when we
go to the polls, that is what we’re deciding -– not
Democrat or Republican, not left or right. No, this
election, and every election, is about who will have the
power to shape our children for the next four or eight
years of their lives. And I am here tonight
because in this election, there is only one person who I
trust with that responsibility, only one person who I
believe is truly qualified to be President of the United
States, and that is our friend, Hillary

See, I trust Hillary to lead this country because I’ve
seen her lifelong devotion to our nation’s children –- not
just her own daughter, who she has raised to perfection – — but every child who needs a champion: Kids
who take the long way to school to avoid the gangs. Kids
who wonder how they’ll ever afford college. Kids whose
parents don’t speak a word of English but dream of a better
life. Kids who look to us to determine who and what they
can be.

You see, Hillary has spent decades doing the
relentless, thankless work to actually make a difference in their lives advocating for kids with
disabilities as a young lawyer. Fighting for children’s
health care as First Lady and for quality child care in the
Senate. And when she didn’t win the nomination eight years
ago, she didn’t get angry or disillusioned. Hillary did not pack up and go
home. Because as a true public servant, Hillary knows that
this is so much bigger than her own desires and
disappointments. So she proudly stepped up to
serve our country once again as Secretary of State,
traveling the globe to keep our kids safe.

And look, there were plenty of moments when Hillary
could have decided that this work was too hard, that the
price of public service was too high, that she was tired of
being picked apart for how she looks or how she talks or
even how she laughs. But here’s the thing — what I admire
most about Hillary is that she never buckles under
pressure. She never takes the easy way
out. And Hillary Clinton has never quit on anything in her

And when I think about the kind of President that I
want for my girls and all our children, that’s what I
want. I want someone with the proven strength to
persevere. Someone who knows this job and takes it
seriously. Someone who understands that the issues a
President faces are not black and white and cannot be
boiled down to 140 characters. Because when
you have the nuclear codes at your fingertips and the
military in your command, you can’t make snap
decisions. You can’t have a thin skin or a tendency to
lash out. You need to be steady, and measured, and well informed

I want a President with a record of public service,
someone whose life’s work shows our children that we don’t
chase fame and fortune for ourselves, we fight to give
everyone a chance to succeed and we give
back, even when we’re struggling ourselves, because we know
that there is always someone worse off, and there but for
the grace of God go I.
I want a President who will teach our children that
this country matters –- a President who truly
the vision that our founders put forth all
ago: That we are all created equal, each a beloved part of the great American story. And
when crisis hits, we don’t turn against each other -– no,
we listen to each other. We lean on each other. Because
we are always stronger together.

And I am here tonight because I know that that is the
kind of president that Hillary Clinton will be. And that’s
why, in this election, I’m with her.

You see, Hillary understands that the President is
about one thing and one thing only -– it’s about leaving
something better for our kids. That’s how we’ve always
moved this country forward –- by all of us coming together
on behalf of our children — folks who volunteer to coach
that team, to teach that Sunday school class because they
know it takes a village. Heroes of every color and creed
who wear the uniform and risk their lives to keep passing
down those blessings of liberty.

Police officers and protestors in Dallas who all
desperately want to keep our children
safe. People who lined up in Orlando to
donate blood because it could have been their son, their
daughter in that club.Leaders like Tim Kaine
who show our kids what decency and
devotion look like. Leaders like Hillary Clinton, who has
the guts and the grace to keep coming back and putting
those cracks in that highest and hardest glass ceiling
until she finally breaks through, lifting all of us along
with her.

That is the story of this country, the story that has
brought me to this stage tonight, the story of generations
of people who felt the lash of bondage, the shame of
servitude, the sting of segregation, but who kept on
striving and hoping and doing what needed to be done so
that today, I wake up every morning in a house that was
built by slavesand I watch my daughters –
– two beautiful, intelligent, black young women –- playing
with their dogs on the White House lawn. And
because of Hillary Clinton, my daughters –- and all our
sons and daughters -– now take for granted that a woman can
be President of the United States.

So don’t let anyone ever tell you that this country
isn’t great, that somehow we need to make it great
again. Because this, right now, is the greatest country on earth. And as my daughters prepare to set out
into the world, I want a leader who is worthy of that
truth, a leader who is worthy of my girls’ promise and all
our kids’ promise, a leader who will be guided every day by
the love and hope and impossibly big dreams that we all
have for our children.

So in this election, we cannot sit back and hope that
everything works out for the best. We cannot afford to be
tired, or frustrated, or cynical. No, hear me — between
now and November, we need to do what we did eight years ago
and four years ago: We need to knock on every door. We
need to get out every vote. We need to pour every last
ounce of our passion and our strength and our love for this
country into electing Hillary Clinton as President of the
United States of America.

Let’s get to work.

Thank you all, and God bless.