From her commitment to American families to her devotion to daughters, First Lady Michelle Obama is one fabulous female who never shies away from an opportunity to help others.
Born in Chicago, Michelle grew up learning the importance of hard work from her parents, eventually ending up at Princeton University. After earning degrees with honors in Sociology and African American Studies, Michelle pursued a Juris Doctor at Harvard Law School and demonstrated her dedication to public service as a strong advocate for minority students and faculty and through working at Harvard’s Legal Aid to assist low-income tenants.
After Harvard, Michelle joined a law firm in Chicago, where she met Barack Obama, who she married in 1992. Realizing that her life’s work was to serve her community, Mrs. Obama pursued a career in public service in Chicago by holding positions with the Americorps Public Allies program to prepare youth for public service and at the University of Chicago, where she initiated the school’s first community service program.
Michelle Obama’s devotion to service has continued to be a driving force in her time as First Lady. She tackled one of our country’s pressing problems by starting the Let’s Move! campaign to bring community members together under the goal of overcoming childhood obesity in one generation. Further dedicating herself to others, she and Dr. Jill Biden started the Joining Forces initiative that works with different sectors of society to help support U.S. service members and their families.
As she begins her second term as First Lady next week, we’re confident that Michelle Obama will continue to conduct the East Wing with the benevolence (and supreme style) that she’s always shown. As said when describing the philosophy she shares with her husband President Obama:
"When you've worked hard, and done well, and walked through that doorway of opportunity... you do not slam it shut behind you... you reach back, and you give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed."