17 July might sound like another regular day but if you go back to 1964 it was the date when a woman was born who became the first African-American First Lady of the United States.
Yes! I am definitely talking about the beloved wife of Barack Obama, Michelle Obama. However, she doesn’t need any mentioning as she is herself a very big personality.
Michelle La Vaughn Robinson Obama was born on January 17, 1964, and she was the wife of the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama.
She is an inspiration to every woman but if you’ll ask me to pick out three specific reasons why? Then there are lessons from her life that will surely give you the answer:
A woman with ambition
Michelle Obama is a lawyer, writer, wife, mother, and an advocate for healthy families, service members and their families, higher education, and international adolescent girls’ education. She knows what she is doing, and she also knows what she has to do which is the thing that we all get stuck up in.
A woman with determination
When Michelle was in high school her guidance-counselor told her she is not the right material for Princeton college, which was her first preference after graduating from high school. Any other girl of her age would have been devastated after hearing that, but she was determined and focused, and she worked hard and got selected in college. Sharing that incident in her book, ‘Becoming’ she wrote, ‘I wasn’t going to let one person’s opinion dislodge everything I knew about myself.’
A brave mother and a hard-working woman
It is not easy to handle professional and personal life smoothly but Mrs. Obama has always handled her responsibility with grace and dedication.
Recalling one incident she wrote in her book that she once took her toddler to a job interview for an Executive Director role at a local hospital. Michelle went to the place for an interview with her children as she was unable to find a child taker for her kid. As a responsible mother, she did not want to leave the child alone.
She said “She was a fact of my life. Here is me, I was saying, and here also is my baby….no matter how it panned out, I knew I’d at least done something good for myself in speaking up about my needs’.
A woman with a vision
She has never restricted her mind to anything. She has wholeheartedly accepted the changes in the changing world. When the court grants permission for the same-sex couple marriage she was delighted to see others’ joy and happiness. ‘I found myself suddenly desperate to join the celebration’ she said.