Woman Crush Month is a month-long series by the girls of She Did What She Wanted
in celebration of Women’s History Month.
By Allison Fargo
Do I really even have to explain this one?
Michelle Obama has lived through things many women have never dreamed of, from her every move being critiqued to 24/7 Secret Service surveillance. In all reality, she didn’t even want to live under the public eye. She supposedly wasn’t all that happy when Barack first ran for Senate and was gone all the time. She must’ve overcame that eventually, as she started incredible initiatives like “Let’s Move,” “Reach Higher,” and “All Girls Learn,” and became America’s “Mother-in-Chief.”
Barack and Michelle’s dreamy love story began in ‘89 when they were both working at a Chicago law firm. Michelle was even Barack’s mentor. But even before that, Michelle was doing incredible things. She was raised on the South Side of Chicago in a working-class family. Her parents didn’t go to college. She went to Princeton and Harvard. Michelle’s story gives hope to everyone—the White House wasn’t a goal for her, she wasn’t groomed for that. She lived a very normal life and became an American icon.
Michelle fought hard during the election last year. She traveled the country going up to bat for Hillary Clinton and inspired millions across the country. If you haven’t heard her famous line— “When they go low, we go high”—I’m not quite sure where you’ve been the past few months. For someone who doesn’t like the spotlight, she sure can command it.
Michelle Obama has changed the role of First Lady forever. She helped make the White House a more fun, welcoming place, where all are welcome—regardless of color, creed, sexuality, gender, or religion. She is helping to give opportunity to all, especially to those who need it most. She has given hope to the hopeless and a voice to those without.
To the girl from the South Side, thank you.
She Did What She Wanted firmly believes there’s nothing better than women empowering other women, so when we found out March is Women’s History Month, we knew we needed to do something special. There are too many amazing women to fit into just thirty one days, but to do our best, we invited our contributors to write about the favorite women in their lives, and Woman Crush Month came to be. #WCM is the ultimate girl power party, and it’s all about women celebrating women and their achievements, and we personally can’t think of anything better than that.