Michelle Obama served as the First Lady of the United States from 2009 until 2017, when her husband Barack Obama was the President of the United States. Mrs. Obama was the first African American First Lady, and as First Lady, Mrs. Obama served as a role model for both American women and women around the world. She worked as an advocate for poverty awareness, education, nutrition, physical activity, and healthy eating.
Michelle and Barack Obama have two daughters: Malia and Sasha. When people ask Former First Lady Michelle Obama to describe herself, she doesn't hesitate to say that first and foremost, she is Malia and Sasha's mom.
A product of Chicago public schools, Mrs. Obama studied sociology and African-American studies at Princeton University. After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1988, she joined the Chicago law firm Sidley & Austin (now Sidley Austin), where she later met the man who would become the love of her life.
After a few years, Mrs. Obama decided her true calling was working with people to serve their communities and their neighbors. She served as assistant commissioner of planning and development in Chicago's City Hall before becoming the founding executive director of the Chicago chapter of Public Allies, an AmeriCorps program that prepares youth for public service.
In 1996, Mrs. Obama joined the University of Chicago with the vision of bringing campus and community together. As Associate Dean of Student Services, she developed the university's first community service program, and under her leadership as Vice President of Community and External Affairs for the University of Chicago Medical Center, volunteerism skyrocketed.
Promoting service and working with young people has remained a staple of her career and her interests. She continued this effort as First Lady when she launched the Let’s Move! campaign to bring together community leaders, teachers, doctors, nurses, and parents in a nationwide effort to tackle the challenge of childhood obesity. Let’s Move! has an ambitious but important goal: to solve the epidemic of childhood obesity within a generation.
As First Lady, Mrs. Obama worked on issues that were close to her heart — supporting military families, helping working women balance career and family, encouraging national service, promoting the arts and arts education, and fostering healthy eating and healthy living for children and families across the country.
With Barack's ascent to the Presidency, Michelle became a prominent figure in the United States and role model for women around the world. Over the past decade or so, she has often been cited on lists of influential and inspirational women. She also frequents "best-dressed" lists and is praised for her style, known for exclusively wearing American designers during her time in office.
Mrs. Obama published her memoir, titled "Becoming," in November of 2018. The book, which she describes as a "deeply personal experience," discusses her roots and how she found her voice, as well as her time in the White House, her public health campaign, and her role as a mother. The book received overwhelmingly positive responses from critics and readers alike. It became a New York Times Bestseller and sold more copies than any other book published in the United States in 2018, breaking the record in just 15 days. By March of 2019 "Becoming" had sold 10 million copies.
In 2018, Michelle and Barack signed a multi-year deal with Netflix to produce series and films. The projects are still in the works and will be released over the next several years. Their first production, American Factory was released in 2019.
In July 2020, Obama announced she started a podcast called The Michelle Obama Podcast.
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