Michelle Obama

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Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama[1] (born January 17, 1964) is an American attorney and author who served as the first lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017 as the wife of President Barack Obama. She was the first African-American woman to serve in this position.

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Michelle Obama
Official portrait of Michelle Obama in the Green Room of the White House
Obama in 2013
First Lady of the United States
In role
January 20, 2009  January 20, 2017
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byLaura Bush
Succeeded byMelania Trump
Personal details
Michelle LaVaughn Robinson

(1964-01-17) January 17, 1964 (age 59)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
(m. 1992)

Raised on the South Side of Chicago, Obama is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School. In her early legal career, she worked at the law firm Sidley Austin where she met Barack Obama. She subsequently worked in nonprofits and as the associate dean of Student Services at the University of Chicago as well as the vice president for Community and External Affairs of the University of Chicago Medical Center. Michelle married Barack in 1992, and together they have two daughters.

Obama campaigned for her husband's presidential bid throughout 2007 and 2008, delivering a keynote address at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. She has subsequently delivered acclaimed speeches at the 2012, 2016, and 2020 conventions. As first lady, Obama served as a role model for women and worked as an advocate for poverty awareness, education, nutrition, physical activity, and healthy eating. She supported American designers and was considered a fashion icon.[2][3]

After her husband's presidency, Obama's influence has remained high. In 2020, Obama topped Gallup's poll of the most admired woman in America for the third year running.[4]