Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama was born January 17, 1964, in Chicago, Illinois. The daughter of Frasier Robinson, a city pump operator and a Democratic precinct captain and Marian Robinson, a Spiegel’s secretary who later stayed home to raise Michelle and her older brother, Craig.
Michelle graduated in 1981 from Whitney M. Young Magnet High School in Chicago’s West Loop as class salutatorian. After high school, she followed her brother to Princeton University, graduating cum laude in 1985 with a B.A. in Sociology. She went on to earn a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1988.
According to her biography on Biography.com, after law school Michelle worked as an associate in the Chicago branch of the law firm Sidley Austin in the area of marketing and intellectual property. There in 1989, she met her future husband, Barack Obama, a summer intern whom she was assigned as an adviser.The couple married at Trinity United Church of Christ on October 18, 1992.
The modern mom and fashionista, continued to excel in her career becoming the associate dean of student services at the Uinversity of Chicago in 1996. In 2007, she scaled back her own professional work to attend to family, daughtes, Malia and Natasha( sasha for short!), and campaign obligations during Barack’s run for the Democratic presidential nomination.
“Since her husband’s political role pushed the Obama family into the spotlight, Michelle has been publicly recognized for her steely, no-nonsense campaign style as well as her sense of fashion. In May of 2006, Michelle was featured in Essence magazine as one of “25 of the World’s Most Inspiring Women.” Then in September 2007, Michelle was listed in 02138 magazine as number 58 in “The Harvard 100,” a list of the most influential alumni for the year. She has also made the Vanity Fair best-dressed list two years in a row, as well as People Magazine’s 2008 best-dressed list.”- Biography.com
As the 44th First Lady of the United States, Michelle has focused her attention on issues such as the support of military families, helping working women balance career and family, and encouraging national service. Michelle worked with 23 fifth graders from a local school in Washington, D.C., to plant a 1,100 square foot garden of fresh vegetables and install bee hives on the South Lawn of the White House. According to her biography, throughout the summer, the same students returned to harvest various foods and learned to cook fresh-grown organic vegetables. In 2010, Michelle has put efforts to fight childhood obesity near the top of her agenda.