Michelle Obama: An Inspiration to Us All

By Isabella Rolz

Mrs. Michelle Obama is not only the first African-American First Lady of the United States, but an advocate for higher education, women empowerment, and gender equality. 

Before becoming the Michelle Obama, we know her to be today, Michelle Robinson grew up attending Chicago public schools and later went on to study sociology and African-American studies at Princeton University. Afterwards, she graduated from Harvard Law School, where she met her husband and current President of the United States, Barack Obama.

Growing up, Mrs. Obama became engaged with helping communities and reforming education and healthcare. Her efforts to inspire young individuals and help with impoverished neighborhoods, led her to join several organizations and become part of programs, which prepared youth for public services. 

Since becoming First Lady, Mrs. Obama has emphasized support and efforts to help young people get access to better social and political services. 

While in the White House the First Lady has achieved two of the most remarkable initiatives:

1. Reach Higher: This initiative aims to encourage young people across the country to take control 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. Michelle Obama ensured that a huge part of the young population understood that both college and professional career programs are necessary in order to progress as human beings. 

2. Let Girls Learn: Together with her husband President Obama, the couple launched a nationwide initiative to help girls globally get access to education. This program has a greater aim towards education for girls in developing nations. In this program, Mrs. and Mr. Obama are fighting for the empowerment of girls, as well as the education of young women, and sharing their experiences with several communities across the United States. 

Without a doubt, First Lady Michelle Obama is an admirable woman, and one whom we should all look up to. Her initiatives surrounding social issues not only concern the United States, but also the rest of the world.