Michelle Obama enters National Women’s Hall of Fame3 min readReading Time: 3 minutes
Former US First Lady Michelle Obama is all set to be inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in October this year. The wife of former US President Barack Obama has long been recognised and appreciated for her good work outside and in the White House.
In a statement issued on Monday, the National Women’s Hall of Fame said that it named Obama as one of the members of its ‘Class of 2021’. The organisation called Obama “one of the most influential and iconic women of the 21st century.” It noted that she was the first Black woman to serve as first lady, apart from her own achievements as a lawyer, bestselling author and as an advocate for voting rights, nutrition and education.
Let’s learn a little about this iconic lady..
Obama studied at two Ivy League universities and built a successful career as a lawyer. It was during her time at a law firm that she met the former president, and they married in 1992. She then chose to leave behind the world of corporate law and decided to serve in a more public sector so as to help those in need. She founded the Chicago branch of Public Allies, a leadership-training programme for young adults. After this, she worked at the University of Chicago for several years.
Owliver’s Obscure Facts
The National Women’s Hall of Fame is based in Seneca Falls in New York, where a historically-significant event took place. The convention on women’s rights was held there in 1848. Also called the Seneca Falls Convention, this was a space to discuss the
social, civil and religious rights of women.
When her husband announced his candidacy for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, Obama took on a prominent role in his campaign. She took leave from her position at the University of Chicago to devote herself to campaigning.
As first lady, Obama was involved in various causes – supporting military families and ending childhood obesity. After her husband’s term ended in 2017, she kept a relatively low profile. However, in 2018 she released the autobiography Becoming, which got her much attention.
In 2020, she began hosting The Michelle Obama Podcast.
Sources: People, Reuters
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