Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama is a lawyer, who was First Lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017. She is married to the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, and is the first African-American First Lady.
Raised on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois, Ms. Obama is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School. She spent her early career working at the law firm Sidley Austin, where she met her husband. She subsequently worked as the Associate Dean of Student Services at the University of Chicago and the Vice President for Community and External Affairs of the University of Chicago Medical Center.
In 2010, Ms. Obama launched Let’s Move!, bringing together community leaders, educators, medical professionals, parents, and others in a nationwide effort to address the challenge of childhood obesity. Let’s Move! had an ambitious goal: to solve the epidemic of childhood obesity within a generation. Whether it's providing healthier food in our schools, helping kids be more physically active, or urging companies to market healthier foods to our children, Let’s Move! is focused on giving parents the support they need to make healthier choices for their kids.
In 2011, Ms. Obama and Dr. Jill Biden came together to launch Joining Forces, a nationwide initiative calling all Americans to rally around service members, veterans, and their families and support them through wellness, education, and employment opportunities. Joining Forces works hand in hand with the public and private sector to ensure that service members, veterans, and their families have the tools they need to succeed throughout their lives.
In 2014, Mrs. Obama launched the Reach Higher Initiative, an effort to inspire young people across America to take charge of their future by completing their education past high school, whether at a professional training program, a community college, or a four-year college or university. Reach Higher aims to ensure that all students understand what they need to complete their education by working to expose students to college and career opportunities; helping them understand financial aid eligibility; encouraging academic planning and summer learning opportunities; and supporting high school counselors who do essential work to help students get into college.
As First Lady, Ms. Obama became a fashion icon and a role model for women.
AALBC.com Reviews of Books Written on Ms. Obama
Go, Tell Michelle: African American Women Write To The New First Lady by Barbara A. Seals Nevergold and Peggy Brooks-Bertram
Michelle Obama: A Life by Peter Slevin
Michelle Obama: First Lady Of Hope by Elizabeth Lightfoot
Michelle Obama: Meet The First Lady by David Bergen Brophy