“The one way to get me to work my hardest was to doubt me,” a powerful declaration from the first African American First Lady of the United States, the wife of Barack Obama the 44th President of the United States, Michelle Obama. Her strong determination to be a successful lawyer, community organizer, university administrator, First Lady, and mother to Sasha and Malia, deems her the ultimate role model, for women of all ages.
Michelle Obama was born Michelle LaVaughn Robinson on January 17, 1964 in Chicago Illinois. She was raised in a small home on the South Side of Chicago. Her father, Fraser Robinson, was a pump operator for the city’s purification plant and a Democratic precinct captain. Her mother, Marian Robinson, was a secretary for Spiegel’s, a marketing and catalog company. Later, her mother became a full-time homemaker until Michelle entered high school.
Michelle and her older sibling Craig, were 21 months apart in age and were often mistaken for twins. The siblings shared close quarters, sleeping in the living room with a sheet serving as a room divider. Raised with an emphasis on education, they learned to read at home by age four. Both children skipped the second grade.