Women empowering women: Michelle Obama
The Michelle Obama, December cover of Elle magazine is glorious and uplifting. Just like the woman herself. With a memoir Becoming out today, the former First Lady is trending at the moment. Inside Elle magazine, Obama is interviewed by Oprah Winfrey and talks about finally having time to sit and reflect, after The White House Years – while eating cheese on toast on the back doorstep of her new home, with the two family dogs and without an entourage. Throughout her time as First Lady, Obama worked on initiatives to empower women and girls through education. Famously receiving a rapturous welcome when she unexpectedly turned up at Elizabeth Garrett Anderson girls’ state school, Islington, in 2009. Meanwhile in South London this week a 30-foot mural of Obama has appeared on the wall next to Marks & Spencer (and yes, it is better than the David Bowie artwork further down the road).
Earlier this year Michelle Obama launched a new programme the Global Girls Alliance for education (as part of the Obama Foundation). Supporting and empowering women is unfinished business…
After all your brilliant comments on my ‘Five things I’ve discovered about menopause’ post, it’s a quote in the Guardian feature, where Obama reveals that both her daughters were conceived by IVF, that really struck a chord, ‘I think it’s the worst thing that we do to each other as women, not share the truth about our bodies and how they work.’
Sharing is caring. Or as Michelle Obama says, ‘People who are truly strong lift others up.’