"I wish I didn't have to say this," Clinton said in a speech at an early voting rally in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. "But indeed, dignity and respect for women and girls is also on the ballot in this election."
She went on to thank Michelle Obama for her speech decrying Donald Trump's predatory comments about women.
"Maybe it's especially meaningful to me because I do know something about being first lady of the United States," Clinton said. "And let's be real, as our first African-American first lady, she's faced pressures I never did."
She said that the Michelle Obama has filled that role with "pure grace."
"By any standards," Clinton said, "she has been an outstanding first lady."