Updated: Mar 24
Well for starters, all hail the First Lady!
It definitely would not be Women's History Month if we did not recognize our forever First Lady Michelle Obama. The National Women's Hall of Fame has appointed the "Becoming" writer one of its latest inductees.
Michelle is one of nine women selected by a board following deliberation of nominees selected by the community. Alongside former First Lady Michelle Obama, the arriving Class of 2021 consists of 8 other inspirational women, including well-known writer Octavia E. Butler and the late and respected Katherine Johnson, NASA's first Black female engineer, who will be posthumously inducted.
The institute named Obama "one of the most significant and iconic women of the 21st century and this generation.” She is an icon in her own right, not just as the wife of a beloved president but as a lawyer, successful novelist, and advocate for the people. Obama left corporate law to pursue a career in public service, enabling her to fulfill a personal passion of uplifting communities. As a truly modern-day, revolutionary woman, she has championed a multitude of important causes throughout her life, encouraging better education for girls, equal rights, healthy living and more help for families living in poverty.
Following two successful terms as First Lady of the United States, Obama has continued to have significant influence outside of the White House. In 2018, she released her chart-topping autobiography "Becoming," and embarked on a sold-out book tour of the same name, selling out stadiums and inspiring multitudes around the world.
“Becoming” has retailed over 15 million prints, been published in 24 languages, and even earned last year's 2020 Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album, the first of many awards the First Lady has received.
Moreover, Last July, she jumped into the podcast world and introduced us to another side of Mrs. Obama - "The Michelle Obama Podcast" on Spotify and Apple platforms. Now she has a brand new show just for children, entitled "Waffles + Mochi”, premiering on Netflix in the following week.
The accomplishments of Black women have never traditionally had a place of importance in mainstream history. Michelle Obama’s induction into the National Women’s Hall of Fame gives much needed visibility to the achievements of Black women. Society has learned not only to embrace these milestones, but finally celebrate the noteworthy accomplishments Black women have brought to the table.
Obama continues to use her platform to spread knowledge about equality, nutrition and general kindness.
We can’t wait to see all she does next. Everything Michelle Obama does is done with passion, from breaking down stereotypes to removing the barriers for girls’ education. Her beauty, style, down-to-earth sensibility, and grace in the face of ridicule has made her beloved by millions around the world.
With each move she makes, she continues to inspire us all.