- Michelle Obama was appointed as an associate at the Chicago office of the law firm Sidley Austin where she worked on marketing and intellectual property.
- She then embarked on a career in public service and became an Assistant to the Mayor in 1991 and then served as the assistant commissioner of planning and development for the City of Chicago.
- In 1993, she became the Executive Director of the Chicago Office of Public Allies, a non-profit organization. She worked there for nearly four years, guiding and encouraging young people to work on social issues in nonprofit groups and government agencies.
- Michelle Obama served as the Associate Dean of Student Services at the University of Chicago in 1996.
- In 2002, she became the executive director of community affairs at the University of Chicago Hospitals and a few years later was appointed the Vice President for Community and External Affairs in 2005.
- Married to presidential aspirant Barack Obama by this time, she cut back on her own job and ultimately quit her lucrative high paying position in order to work on her husband’s presidential campaign.
- Barack Obama declared his presidential candidacy in 2007 and Michelle reduced her professional responsibilities greatly to support her husband’s career. Initially, she did not get much involved in the campaign as she had two young daughters to care for.
- However, by February 2008, her participation in her husband’s career increased considerably. By now she even started writing her own speeches for Barack’s campaigns.
- Barack Obama became the President of the United States in January 2009 and Michelle Obama, the First Lady. During her initial months as First Lady, she volunteered at homeless shelters and soup kitchens.
- She advocated on behalf of military families, encouraged national service, and supported initiatives that help working women balance career and family. She also advocated for her husband’s policy priorities and supported the economic stimulus bill.
- She launched the ‘Let’s Move!’ initiative in 2010. The initiative strives to solve the epidemic of childhood obesity by providing healthier food in the schools and encouraging kids to be more physically active. The focus is also on motivating parents to make healthier choices for their kids.
- She collaborated with Dr. Jill Biden in 2011 to launch the initiative, ‘Joining Forces’ which calls all Americans to support service members, veterans, and their families. ‘Joining Forces’ works closely with the public and private sector to ensure that veterans and their families receive the requisite support.
- In 2014 she launched the ‘Reach Higher’ initiative which aims at inspiring young people in America to continue their education past high school. The program encourages students to complete a professional training course or a college or university degree by making them understand the significance of higher education.
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