A Force to Be Reckoned With

Published: 2021-09-14 18:35:10
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A Force to be Reckoned withBrigham Young once said, “You educate a man, you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.” Women have been educating future generations since the beginning of time. Women are so important to the world, it saddens me to think that it took hundreds of years for men and society to understand that. Even today, some people still overlook this.  Women can change the world just as much as a man can, if not more. One woman is doing just that, she is changing our nation and she has one of the most recognized names in our nation and in the world, First Lady Michelle Obama. What comes to mind when you hear Michelle Obama? First Lady, First African American First Lady, obesity rates, military aides, style icon, arms, etc. are more of the nicer side of things that can come to mind when you hear it.  Honestly, most people would just say, First Lady, or specifically First African American First Lady. That is exactly how we got to know her, that and that her husband, current president Barack Obama is the first African American President ever. However, Michelle Obama is so much more than just a first lady, although it has definitely given her a lot more attention now that she has that title. Throughout this paper we will explore what she has contributed to this nation and how she is changing the world and making friends and enemies while doing so.  Before we can get into her contributions and ultimately why she matters at all, we have to briefly look into her background. A persons’ background says a lot about how and why a person is the way they are in the present. This is the same case with everyone. As for Michelle Obama, maiden name Robinson, she grew up with both parents and a brother in working class neighborhood in Chicago. “Her mother, Marian, brought workbooks home to keep her children ahead of their classes.” (Powell and Kantor 1). This in turn led Michelle and her brother both to be able to make it into Princeton University in 1981 with Michelle studying sociology and African American studies. This was during a time where blacks and whites still did not like to associate themselves with each other. (Powell, Kantor 1) After Princeton, Michelle went to and graduated from Harvard Law school in 1988 and took a job at a corporate law firm. (Powell, Kantor 2)  Soon after, her father died and she gave up her corporate job for another career “motivated by passion and not just money” (Powell and Kantor 2). She has been trying to change the world ever since college, starting in her own neighborhood. She met Barack back when she was working at the corporate law firm and they wed in 1992. They now have 2 daughters, Sasha, 13 and Malia, 16. Of course, she has other things she’s done and other things that has happened that has shaped her but just this brief background will do. For the rest the paper, I am going to focus on three key things that Michelle Obama is known for and are criticized for, which are her ideas to lower obesity rates and to promote health, her as a role model, and her style. These are the most debated subjects of her career so far. She being in the public eye all the time and her being so vocal has both been a blessing and a burden to her. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 17% of children and 34.9% of adults in the United States suffer from obesity.  (CDC 1) That is a lot of people in the one country if you compare these numbers to those of the United Kingdom, China, or South Korea. After noticing that the numbers have kept increasing, Mrs. Obama decided to focus a lot of her energy on lowering the obesity rate. She decided to focus on children because they are the future of this nation. So in 2010, she started the Let’s Move! Initiative whose goal is “to solve the epidemic of childhood obesity within a generation.” (Letsmove.gov 1) This initiative has made a lot of schools change their menus and it promotes exercising for kids, at least that what a lot of people know it as. I know from personal experience that many of the kids in school did not like the change that was going on with their food choices.

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