Yes She Can

November 11, 2008

As excited as I am for the newly elected president to take office in 2009, I am even more excited to see what our new first lady will do once she arrives in Washington. Michelle Obama is truly an inspiration to all of us. As a woman with a stellar academic and professional career, a leader in community service, and a devoted mother and wife, Michelle Obama seemingly does it all and does it well.

I commend her for having the power not simply to stand in her husband’s shadow but to show her own identity as she campaigned on his behalf. Michelle Obama is not afraid to speak her mind, and it is evident that her marriage is one of equality and mutual respect.

Michelle Obama’s devotion to her family is even more inspiring. She has balanced her career with motherhood and has even stated that her primary role as first lady will be as “mom-in-chief” to her daughters. She has experienced great successes in her professional career, which she curtailed only after her husband announced his presidential campaign.

To have two people representing our country who have excelled despite discouragement and adversity speaks volumes for our nation. I have no doubt that Michelle Obama will hit the ground running once she arrives in Washington and will continue to inspire women and help to advance women’s role in society. The future looks bright, and I am proud we have such an influential woman to lead us.

This post was written by Brittany Anderton, 2008–09 AAUW Student Advisory Council member.

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  1. Dorothy McBride says:

    I agree with your view that Michelle Obama is exemplary and will be a fascinating first lady. However, don’t forget her mother, without whom she would have a bit more difficulty balancing all the demands on her time. Malia and Sasha’s grandmother is coming with them to the White House!

  2. Antron Nious says:

    I agree with the both of you I am very excited as well to see what Michelle Obama has in store for the women in our country, she is certainly a great leader, I am so proud of her and can’t wait for her to get in the White House, I know she will fight to open many doors for us and our children.

  3. Rusty says:

    I think Michelle Obama picked excellent projects or focal points for her role as First Lady. Bringing attention to the military families is a very good thing. Work life balance is also worthy. I am happy her mother is going to the White House with them as it will give the children more balance in their lives, too.

  4. Farrah says:

    I was watching CNN and they were talking about the dresses Michelle Obama and her daughters Malia and Sasha wear and how much they cost. It was a total of $160 dollars for the two dresses Sasha and Malia were wearing on the day of their father’s victory speech at Chicago’s Grant park. I was thinking that if Obamas are the leaders of the middleclass and the poor people of America, shouldn’t they show that in their own life? In Chicago, Obama daughters go to a private school. Jimmy Carter’s daughter Amy went to the DC public school – probably the only child of a US president who went to a public school in DC. The way I see it very few people in this world have the strength to practice the things they preach. I would really like to see Michelle Obama shopping at Walmart or Marshalls for clothes.

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