As FLOTUS gets ready to leave the White House in January 2017 with her husband, President Barack Obama and their family, we round up some of Michelle Obama’s most empowering moments during her eight hers as First Lady of the United States.
Michelle launched the #62milliongirls campaign in September last year to raise awareness around the high rate of girls that are not in school. Part of the Let Girls Learn initiative, Michelle’s important project was launched to help the more than 62 million girls around the world go to and stay in school. The hashtag was put to use by luminaries such as actors Charlize Theron and Kerry Washington and singer Alicia Keys, and more, extending its reach and making it go viral.
Black Girls Rock speech
FLOTUS’s 2015 speech at Black Girls Rock Awards was affirming and honest, as she touched on the challenges black women and girls face, and encouraged black women around the world.
Launched six years ago, this campaign has been one of Michelle’s defining initiatives, which she created to tackle health issues among children. FLOTUS hula hooped, danced the Dougie and spoke on nutrition at schools as part of her promotion of Let’s Move!, which aims at solving problems like obesity by giving parents helpful information and fostering environments that support healthy choices; providing healthier foods in our schools; ensuring that every family has access to healthy, affordable food; and more, according to Let’s Move.
United State of Women Summit
This year Michelle recruited powerful and inspirational women like Shonda Rhimes, Sarah Jones and Oprah Winfrey to be part of the inaugural United State of Women summit. Convened by the White House, the summit brought together empowering women to celebrate what we’ve achieved, and covered key gender equality issue, and more. Reporting on the event, Billboard writes, “The United State of Women Summit at the White House on Tuesday was an all-day grrrl–powerhouse packed with politics and pop culture. The event aimed to galvanise 5 000 women and the men who love them, shed light on women’s issues – from campus sexual assault to pay equity to educational opportunities – and move the needle on gender and LGBT equality.
“Speakers ranked among Hollywood royalty and the nation’s highest-profile public servants -including POTUS, as well as Oprah Winfrey in a discussion with Michelle Obama.”
Carpooling with James Corden
Michelle’s carpool episode, which included rapper Missy Elliot, had her showing the world that you can have fun and still be the First Lady of the United Stated of America.