Monday, January 25, 2021

First lady leaves impression on U.S.

During a speech in New Hampshire, Oct. 13, first lady Michelle Obama said: “This is disgraceful. It is intolerable. And it doesn’t matter what party you belong to — Democrat, Republican, independent — no woman deserves to be treated this way.”

It’s not surprising that this is about Republican candidate Donald Trump, who has said many questionable things over the years. In just last Sunday’s debate, Trump referred to Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton as a “nasty woman”, and with the recent release of a 2005 tape had Trump said “when you’re a star, they let you do it,” about being with women, obtained from the Washington Post.

The first lady has two daughters of her own and the fact that a man who has a chance of becoming president treats women as if they are second-class citizens to be rated on their level of “hotness,” is horrifying for her, as well as many other people.

Obama’s speech in support of Clinton was emotionally charged and heartfelt.

Obama is saying what a majority of the American people are thinking but don’t have the platform or the influence for the world to hear it.

“Now is the time for all of us to stand up and say enough is enough,” Obama said when talking about the election.

She also mentions that the public and their children shouldn’t let this go on any longer. Obama genuinely cares about the welfare of children and wants them to have the best life possible.

The first lady has been known for wanting to better the lives of children. In 2010, she launched the “Let’s Move!” campaign to combat childhood obesity. In 2015, she created the “Let Girls Learn” campaign which focused on girls’ education on a global scale.

Obama, a summa cum laude graduate from Princeton University and recipient of the Doctor of Law Degree from Harvard, isn’t just widely intelligent. She has also reached a level of class that few could ever hope to achieve.

Oct. 18, Obama dressed in Atelier Versace for her last state dinner as the first lady. The state dinner was honoring Italy, and in donning this, Obama accomplished two great things. She paid respect for Italy by wearing a dress from an Italian designer and also represented strength and power in women.

The dress was made out of chain mail, which depicts “armor and female strength, of the need to gird yourself to fight for what you believe in,” according to a New York Times article.

The article also described how the designer Donatella Versace has shifted her clothing line from focusing on the power of sex to power of self-worth. Donatella thanked Obama for standing up for women everywhere.

Obama’s legacy is that she was more than a first lady. She was undeniably human, shown from her warm smiles and her wise words throughout the years. She isn’t just a mother and a wife, but a person who takes stands when many might not have for fear of criticism.

“When they go low, we go high,” Michelle Obama said in July during her speech at the Democratic National Convention.

She hasn’t only gone high, but she has proven herself to be an inspiration for women everywhere by showing all we can achieve by taking a stand for what’s right.

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