Michelle Obama, best known as the former First Lady of the United States, is more than the wife of the former President, Barack Obama, she is a lawyer, a writer, a mother of two, an accomplished public speaker and an inspiration to many women and girls.
Born in 1964 in an encouraging family, Michelle was raised on the south side of Chicago. Coming from this predominantly African-American working-class area she felt out of place at Princeton University, but graduated cum laude and earned entry in Harvard Law School. Her advocacy began while in university where she lobbied for Harvard to hire professors from visible minority groups, and she worked for legal aid, assisting low-income tenants with housing issues.
Outspoken and dignified, she became an important voice in raising awareness on poverty issues, and the need for proper nutrition and physical activity in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.