FriJan 17

Michelle Obama

On January 17, we celebrate Michelle Obama’s Birthday! As first lady, Michelle Obama won our hearts with inspiring speeches and acts of kindness. She encouraged young women to believe in their futures — promising that hard work can lead to endless possibilities. “When they go low, we go high.” 
First Lady understands and supports education as one of the prime necessity for women to grow, all around the world there are many advocates for women education and on that account Scholaroo has a list of women scholarships that can help women reach their goals.

Fast Facts

Birth date:

January 17, 1964



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Michelle LaVaughn Robinson was born on January 17, 1964 in Chicago, Illinois to Fraser Robinson III and Marian Shields Robinson. Despite her high school adviser telling her not to set her sights too high in terms of applying to colleges, she and her older brother, Craig, both went to Princeton University, where Michelle majored in sociology and minored in African American studies, graduating cum laude with a BA in 1985. Michelle mentions that being at Princeton was the first time she was aware of her race and economic class, and despite the willingness of her classmates and teachers to reach out to her, she merely felt like a visitor on campus.

She then went on to receive her JD (Juris Doctor) degree from Harvard Law School in 1988. Her faculty mentor at Harvard Law was Charles Ogletree, who said that she had answered the questions plaguing her throughout Princeton by the time she arrived at Harvard: whether she would remain the product of her parents or keep the identity she had acquired at Princeton. She had come to the conclusion that she could be both brilliant and black. She is the third First Lady with a postgraduate degree, after her two immediate predecessors Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush. 

Michelle met Barack Obama when they were among the few African Americans at their law firm: Sidley Austin LLP. She was assigned to mentor him while he was a summer associate, and though she didn’t immediately take a romantic interest in him, he continued to impress and woo her throughout the short time they spent with each other. 

Career timeline

Historic moment

Obama became the first African-American first lady — and only the third with a postgraduate degree.

Helping veterans

Obama co-founded the Joining Forces program to expand educational and employment options for veterans.

Vogue cover

She appeared on the cover of Vogue for the third time and once again won praise for her timeless sense of style.

White House exit speech

A quote: "Being your first lady has been the greatest honor of my life and I hope I've made you proud."

Memoir published

Obama's book "Becoming" told the story of her Chicago roots as well as her time in the White House. The memoir sold over 1.4 million copies in its first week.

Why We Love Michelle Obama

  1. She's inspiring

    It's impossible to read Michelle Obama's memoir and not come away ready to make a difference, whether in your own life or somebody else's. She shows us nothing is impossible, even when every odd is stacked against you. 

  2. She's more than just "Mrs. Obama"

    Michelle never wanted to be solely known as the President's wife, but as someone who made the most of her time in the position she was in, and helped as many people as she could. In that way, she was more than just the first lady, but an icon of her own.

  3. She's not afraid to have fun

    From her appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to the time she told James Corden during Carpool Karaoke "This is the Oval Office, my husband is in there somewhere...well he'd better be, that's where he said he was," Michelle Obama knows how to have a good time, not take herself too seriously, all while still conveying a charitable message of great importance. She's basically, what you'd call, amazing. 

5 Inspiring Michelle Obama Facts

  1. Presidential adviser

    President Obama called her "my rock" and regularly asked for advice on important matters.

  2. Meet the female gladiator

    Obama loves to work out so much that she earned the nickname "female gladiator" among her friends.

  3. She likes to work for the people

    She gave up a high-profile career in corporate law to work in public service because she wanted to change lives.

  4. Barack had to play basketball to date her

    As a test she asked Barack Obama to play basketball with her brother before deciding to date him. That's because her father used to say that you can tell a lot about a person by observing them on the court!

  5. She loves french fries

    She loves healthy food, but occasionally indulges in not-so-healthy food!

Michelle Obama FAQs

How many copies of "Becoming" sold?

Within its first week, “Becoming” sold 1.4 million copies. After 15 days, it became the best-selling book in the US for the year of 2018. By March 26, 2019, “Becoming” had sold 10 million copies.

What is Michelle Obama's zodiac sign?

Michelle Obama was born January 17, making her a Capricorn, one of the three signs associated with the element Earth. 

What did Michelle Obama do for our country?

Michelle Obama didn’t want to be solely known as “the wife of the president,” but wanted to make sure she used this rare and short moment of being in the public eye to make a real difference in America. She tuned the South Lawn of the White House into a vegetable garden, which led to her creating the Let’s Move! initiative to make a healthier America and combat childhood obesity. 

Michelle Obama’s birthday dates

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