First lady Michelle Obama delivered a speech Wednesday before young Argentine women at the Design Metropolitan Center in the capital city Buenos Aires emphasizing the urgent need to abolish domestic violence.
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"Domestic violence and abuse should not exist in any part of the planet,” she said. “We need more of you to study, to become leaders and make women be honoured and respected.”
While delivering her speech on the need to empower women, Obama failed to mention important historical and modern day feminists of the country, including former first lady Eva Peron and members from the organization the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo.
Following her speech, Twitter users took to social media to express their displeasure.
Michelle Obama gave first speech in history about the epic role of women in Argentina that leaves out Eva Perón and Madres de Pza de Mayo.— Ernesto Semán (@ErnestoSeman) March 23, 2016
-do you kwow eva peron?— Andrés Ignacio (@Ainfranco) March 23, 2016
michelle obama : i'm sorry, who??
Meanwhile, during her speech, the first lady stressed the role played by Buenos Aires province Governor Maria Eugenia Vidal and social leader Margarita Barrientos.
Michelle Obama destaca a Vidal a Barrientos, como mujeres ejemplares, pero olvida a Madres y Abuelas ? Y Eva Perón y @CFKArgentina ?— Silvina Crespo (@silvinacrespo) March 23, 2016
"Michelle Obama highlights Vidal and Barrientos, as female role models, but forgets the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo? And Eva Peron and Christina Fernandez?"