This week, President Obama gave his farewell address to the nation. No matter where you fall on the political spectrum, I think we can all agree it was a moving speech. For me, the standout moment of the speech was when the President turned to his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, to thank her for her service to their family and to the country. His praise of her was sincere, heartwarming, and well-deserved.
Michelle Obama is a Princeton University graduate, a Harvard Law School alum, and former practicing attorney at one of the country’s most prestigious law firms. These accomplishments are all the more impressive when you consider that minority women are the most underrepresented demographic in academia and in law. Throughout her career as a student and attorney, she advocated on behalf of minorities and social issues that mattered to her. She later served as the Associate Dean of Student Services at the University of Chicago, where she developed the university’s Community Service Center.
As First Lady, she chose childhood obesity as her cause and started the Let’s Move campaign to encourage children and families to lead healthier lives. Some other of her initiatives include advocating on behalf of military families, helping working women balance career and family, encouraging national service, and promoting the arts and arts education. She is a mom, wife, advocate, and leader, and she is a reminder to women and girls around the world that with hard work and passion, all things are possible.