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About Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama

Born: 17th January 1964 (age 57 years), Chicago, Illinois, United States


Michelle Obama grew up in an 'ordinary' American family.  They lived in a rented apartment, her father worked and her mother looked after her and her brother.  She worked hard at school and followed her brother to University, but she faced economic, gender and racial discrimination along the way.  The mother of a white room mate unsuccessfully tried to get her daughter moved because of Michelle Obama's race.  Michelle went on to Harvard Law school and made sure that she did not lose her identity in order to succeed, concluding that it was possible to be both 'brilliant and black'.


She met Barack Obama when she was assigned to mentor him at the law firm where they both worked.  They married in 1992.


Michelle Obama campaigned for her husband's presidential bid throughout 2007 and 2008, delivering a keynote address at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. She has subsequently delivered acclaimed speeches at the 20122016, and 2020 conventions. As first lady, Obama served as a role model for women and worked as an advocate for poverty awareness, education, nutrition, physical activity, and healthy eating. She supported American designers and was considered a fashion icon.


After her husband's presidency, her influence remained high; in 2020, Obama topped Gallup's poll of the most admired woman in America for the third year running.  Some people wonder if may, one day, run for President herself!