Sometime in April, I wrote a blog about how I consider myself a role model, and how I also like to acknowledge those that motivate me. One of those women is Michelle Obama.
I was earlier conflicted in 2008 when I first got to know about the Obamas and found out she reluctantly cut back on her job to follow her husband on the campaign trail. I emphasize reluctantly because I believe in a woman freely making their choices for a career, a marriage, children or all of them, and giving their all to whatever they choose. Well, when Obama won the presidency, she quit the job, softened her image to suit popular opinion, and made me go huh?!
But I have to give it to her now. She has since hit her stride, and each day, my admiration of her mounts. She supports the politics that interest her (like Pay Equity for women), and has followed her other passions (like the Let's Move campaign against childhood obesity). She is not superwoman, she does not run the world, but IMO she rules her world. Grace Machal said, "She is a feminist by practice, without shouting slogans." and I concur. Most importantly, she wants to affect/change lives and thereby leave a legacy.
Keep shining the light Michelle.
Taking joy in what she does, and carrying her children along too so they can learn by example.
Knowing that older women are not a competition and accepting help graciously and learning from her mother.
Working with younger women and embracing the role of a model without being arrogant.
Giving honor where it is due.
Never losing the child within.
Knowing when to be casual and when to be glamorous.
Having and showing compassion.
Knowing that polygamy is not a catching disease :)
Being helpful and extending a hand to other women.