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There's just one week left to vote in this election! Join millions of people who've already made their voices heard by returning your mail-in ballot, voting early in person, or showing up on Election Day. Don’t wait—make your voting plan today with @WhenWeAllVote at weall.vote/hub. #VotingSquad
On National #VoteEarlyDay, I want to give a shout out to everybody who has already cast a ballot! Every single vote will make a difference in this election. So, reach out to at least three friends or family members and remind them to turn in their mail-in ballot today or help them make a plan to vote on Election Day. Go to whenweallvote.org to get started and research your ballot. Special thanks to @Common for sharing this powerful song with @WhenWeAllVote and inspiring us all!
This week, I joined millions of Americans and #IVoted early! If you haven’t already, don't wait even a minute to mail in your ballot — or you can drop it off at a ballot drop box or vote early in person. Tag three friends to join your #VotingSquad and remind them to make a plan to vote at whenweallvote.org.
Your vote is your voice. And if you don’t use it, someone else will. So make sure your voice is heard in this election. Make a plan to vote and then remind three friends to do the same. You can get the information you need to get started at whenweallvote.org/voteloud. #VoteLoud
Art has the power to inspire and express our feelings in ways that words often can’t — and these last few months, we’ve seen so many artists use their gifts to inspire us all to vote, including South Side’s very own, @KaylaMay_Art. Thanks to @GoldmanGlobalArts’s partnership with @WhenWeAllVote, you can find some of these artists' work on display on digital billboards in cities and sports arenas across the country. With Election Day around the corner, we all need to continue to use our voices and talents to make sure we get everybody we know — all our friends and family — registered and ready to vote. Make a plan to vote early and once you do, let me know your voting plan below.
Fifteen days. That’s all we’ve got. If you or someone you know is still deciding how or if you’re going to vote, I hope you’ll take a minute to watch and share my message. We’ve got to get everyone we know to vote for @JoeBiden in numbers that can’t be denied. iwillvote.com
I wanted to share some helpful health tips from an earlier conversation that I had with my friend @smalonemd on The #MichelleObamaPodcast. In the midst of everything going on, I hope you’re still finding time to take care of yourself. Whether that’s unplugging for just a few minutes at home or going out for a socially-distanced walk around your neighborhood, a consistent wellness routine can keep you feeling grounded no matter what you're going through. I’ll be honest, it can be tough to keep that commitment to yourself, especially these last few months. But I've found that leaning on friends helps me stay motivated. We encourage each other to keep going with our routines. So, I’d love to hear from you. How have you been taking care of your physical and mental health during this time? #SelfCareSunday
For eight years, @PeteSouza was there by @BarackObama’s side, documenting his time in office. He’s got a special gift for capturing those fleeting moments of connection, whether it's two elected leaders sharing a quick joke or a child showing off their costume as they trick-or-treat at the White House. I’m so grateful for his sharp eye and I hope you’ll watch his documentary @TheWayISeeItFilm tonight at 10pm ET on MSNBC. In it, you’ll see just what the job of president entails. And you’ll see why we need to vote for @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris like our lives depend on it. Register to vote at iwillvote.com and make sure your loved ones are registered, too.
Making sure our friends and family have a plan to vote will make all the difference in this election. So, here’s my challenge to you: text three people in your life today who might not vote and ask them to join your #VotingSquad and make a plan to vote together. I’ve tagged a couple of folks who I’m challenging to create their #VotingSquad. I want to see your squad! Post a photo together and challenge three friends to share their plan to vote. Join us: weall.vote/votingsquad
For my first season of The #MichelleObamaPodcast, I focused on the different kinds of relationships that make up our lives, speaking to some of my nearest and dearest in the process. And I love hearing about the conversations you've been having with loved ones after listening, which is especially important right now. What are some topics you’d like me to focus on for a future season or episode? Let me know in the comments and I’ll try to get back to you!
We can’t let anyone sit this election out, so I need your help: Reach out to the friends and family members who might need a reminder to vote, make a plan to vote together, and then challenge three friends to do the same. I challenge my When We All Vote co-chairs to get their #VotingSquad and make a plan to vote: @CP3, @FaithHill, @KerryWashington, @ShondaRhimes, @LizaKoshy, @SelenaGomez, @mrapinoe, @TomHanks, @RitaWilson, @TraceeEllisRoss, @janellemonae and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Join us by making your plan to vote and posting on social media using #VotingSquad.
On The International #DayoftheGirl, I’m so proud to celebrate the power and promise of the young women who are transforming our communities and our world. Two years ago, we started the @GirlsOpportunityAlliance at the @ObamaFoundation to empower adolescent girls through education—and since then, we’ve rallied people all around the world to help so many girls through projects spanning 15 countries. This work matters to me more than ever. These past months have been an anxious and difficult time for all young people, and for millions of girls around the world the question isn’t when they will return to school, or if they can manage it virtually—it’s if they’ll ever return at all. And that’s heartbreaking. Our world just can’t afford to miss out on their talents and their ideas. That’s why it’s so important for us to keep supporting the grassroots leaders and organizations that are helping girls learn while staying healthy and safe. I hope you’ll do exactly that by visiting the link in my bio and contributing to this work in honor of a girl in your life today. Your support will make such a difference for these girls and their futures—and it’ll help create a better world for all of us.
I understand if the last few days have felt like a whirlwind. My heart goes out to everyone touched by this virus—from those in the White House, especially the Secret Service and residence staff whose service to this country ought never be taken for granted, to all those across the country whose names and stories most of us will unfortunately never know. The truth is, the events of the past few days are a bracing reminder of the tragedy that has been this administration’s response to this crisis. And I’ll be very honest: This is a message I’d planned to release earlier, and after everything that’s happened, I weighed whether or not to go public at all. But I wanted you all to hear what’s been on my mind. Because the drama of the past few days has only emphasized what’s at stake in this election, from the coronavirus to a constant drumbeat of fear, division, and chaos that’s threatening to spiral out of control. There’s only one way we can pull ourselves out—by voting for my friend @JoeBiden, who’s got the heart, the experience, and the character to lead us to better days. So I hope you’ll watch, and I hope you’ll share this video with everyone you know who might still be deciding how or if they’re going to vote. And more than anything, I hope you’ll vote for Joe with power, with passion, and with a love of this country that cannot possibly be denied.
With so much going on these days, one thing that always gives me hope is the resilience of young women around the world. You’ll see that resolve on full display in a conversation I recently had in @TeenVogue with @Malala and Priya Mondol, a 17-year-old student from the @GirlsOpportunityAlliance community in India. We teamed up to discuss an issue we all care about deeply: global girls’ education. Many of you know Malala’s remarkable story of standing up for her own education and for the education of girls everywhere. And Priya embodies that same kind of perseverance. Even before the pandemic, Priya faced obstacles to getting an education. While early studies predict that the pandemic may lead to millions more girls never returning to school, Priya is determined not to let COVID-19 end her dreams of graduating and going to college. Priya is continuing to learn online, moving closer towards her goals with the help of @HerFutureCoalition, an organization we support through the Girls Opportunity Alliance. I’m proud of this work, and it’s so important that we all do our part to ensure that girls like Priya have the resources they need to keep learning while staying healthy and safe. So as we gear up for the International #DayoftheGirl, I hope you'll read more at the link in my bio and then support the organizations dedicated to keeping girls around the world in school. Because when I see the determination of young women like Malala and Priya, it reminds me that our future really is as bright as our girls.
28 years with this one. 💕 I love @BarackObama for his smile, his character, and his compassion. So grateful to have him as a partner through everything life throws at us. And this year, we have a request for you — pick one person in your life who might not vote and make sure they do. Tell us about it in the comments! That’s an anniversary message of the best kind. Love you, Barack. ❤️😘
Rachael asked me what’s keeping me up at night right now, and here’s what I told her: It’s the idea that after everything we’ve gone through, after all the fear and division and chaos, this president could still get four more years. So many families just can’t continue this way. In this election, the choice couldn’t be clearer: @JoeBiden is the leader we need right now. We can’t afford to wait another four years to address education, health care, climate change, the economy, and so much more that’s been ignored for too long. So we’ve got to vote for Joe like our lives are on the line. Tune in to my episode on the Rachael Ray Show: rach.tv/watch
Look, I understand why people are cynical now. Our country is in chaos because of a president who’s in over his head. I talked with Conan about what it feels like to be a mother and a person of color right now—and how if we want to see a change on any of the issues we care about, then we've got to vote for @JoeBiden. Listen in at the link in my bio.
If you were turned off by the President’s behavior last night, I feel you. Believe me, I do. But we can’t let him win by tuning out altogether. That’s what he wants. So turn those feelings into action—turn them into votes for my friend, @JoeBiden. It’s the only way we can get out of this chaos and restore some stability to this country. You can start by reaching out to everyone you know. Make sure they’re registered. Make sure they know how and when they’re going to vote. And then follow up with them, every day, to make sure they cast their ballot. Because in this election, we’ve got to vote for Joe in numbers that cannot be denied. iwillvote.com
Today, I’m feeling extra grateful for the conversations I shared with loved ones during the first season of The #MichelleObamaPodcast. And while the pandemic certainly affected the tone and content of these conversations, I will say each episode really felt like a true reflection of the kind of discussions I’ve always had with the special people in my life. I hope that our conversations—whether about being married, being a parent, being a citizen, or just being—inspired you to reach out to the people in your life and share how you feel. Because when enough people open up and have vulnerable conversations, amazing things can happen. That’s how we begin to break down these barriers that too often get in our way — by opening up and listening to one another. I want to thank all of my family and friends who came on my podcast throughout this season, but most of all, I want to thank all of you for listening. I’ve truly loved reading your comments and hearing from all of you. That’s why I’m excited to share that the first season of The #MichelleObamaPodcast is now available across all podcast platforms—wherever you listen, I’d love to hear about some of the conversations you’ve been having at home lately. Let me know in the comments below.
Conan and I had a lot of fun surprising these amazing young people—I’m so proud of them and the work they’ve been doing as @WhenWeAllVote volunteers, getting folks registered to vote all over this country.
I’m going live on my Instagram for the very first time today to join @WhenWeAllVote’s Registered and Ready Instagram Takeover with @zendaya, @jlo, @cp3 (from @nike), @ayeshacurry, and more! I hope you'll join us today on Instagram or at weall.vote/voteready for #NationalVoterRegistrationDay.
On National Voter Registration Day, I'm going live on Instagram (for the very first time!) with some special guests. We'll share information to help you get registered and make a plan to vote. Join me and @WhenWeAllVote on 9/22: weall.vote/voteready
For my final episode of The #MichelleObamaPodcast, I brought on my wonderful mother and brother @CraigMalRob to talk about everything from our upbringing on the South Side of Chicago to our approaches to parenthood. I’ve reflected a lot over the past few years on how fortunate Craig and I were to have the parents we did. Parents who provided us with unconditional love and support, gave us room to grow and make mistakes, and always treated us both as equals. In this episode, you’ll hear a bit about our childhood and the lessons we’ve decided to teach our own children as parents. And even if you don’t have children of your own, I think these conversations about parenting can still provide a window into how each of us have grown and evolved over time. It might even give you a better understanding of the people you’ve been with your whole life. You can listen to our conversation now on @Spotify by clicking the link in my bio. Photo credit: @jackimages
Whether I’m talking to Valerie or the young women I’ve watched grow over the years, I know these mentor-mentee relationships are about being there for one another, celebrating our wins and helping each other get through the tough times. And right now, those kinds of bonds are so important. I’d love to hear how you’ve been keeping in touch with your mentors or mentees during this time. Make sure to tag them and let them know how much they mean to you! For more on mentorship, listen to my latest episode of The #MichelleObamaPodcast on @Spotify with my mentees Chynna, Kristin, and Yene. ❤️
There's a lot at stake in this election and we need to make sure our friends and family are registered to vote. That’s why I’m excited to team up with @abcnetwork and @attndotcom for our #VOMO: Vote or Miss Out comedy special. Tune in on Monday, 9/14 at 10pm ET and make sure you're registered to vote at whenweallvote.org/vomo.
On this surprise episode of The #MichelleObamaPodcast, I talk with three very special women from my team over the years: Chynna Clayton (@just_chynna), Yene Damtew (@yenedamtew), and Kristin Jones (@insideprojectsco). Although they’re a couple decades younger than me, I've counted on them time and time again. I’m just so proud of who they’ve become and I’m so grateful to count them as friends. Ones that have lifted me up in tough times and have also kept me hip over the years. So if you have some special people in your life, especially if they’re a little bit younger than you, I hope you’ll take some time today to talk to them and hear what’s on their mind. I’d love to hear about your mentor or mentee and the best advice they’ve shared with you in the comments!
There are so many ways for us to express ourselves and our views––and voting is one of our most powerful tools for doing just that. Excited for @WhenWeAllVote's launch of #Vote4everMerch, a collection of fun apparel and accessories to get us all geared up to vote this fall: vote4evermerch.com
For this week’s episode of The #MichelleObamaPodcast, I’m talking with my dear friend @ValerieBJarrett about a relationship that can make all the difference for us throughout our lives—and that’s a relationship with a mentor. Valerie was my former boss and helped me realize the kind of leader and mother I wanted to be in the workplace. She’s someone who has always been there for me, and understands that once you make it, you’ve got to reach back and lift up others along the way. Listen to our conversation now at the link in my bio.
Last week on The #MichelleObamaPodcast, Conan and I reflected on our marriages. This relationship can be one of the most foundational pieces of our identities—bringing us so much joy, meaning, and support every single day. But one thing is for sure: It also takes a lot of work; a lot of honesty with ourselves and our partners. That’s one thing I’ve learned. I’d love to hear some of the things you’ve learned about marriage and about yourself. Let me know in the comments. ❤
It’s been another heavy stretch for so many of us. And this week’s episode of The #MichelleObamaPodcast is a conversation I had a little while back with my friend Conan O’Brien. It’s about marriage—a source of strength and perspective through times like these for so many of us. We reflect on our own marriages and experiences as parents––and talk about the importance of honesty, authenticity, and being your true self with your partner. And because it’s Conan, this one’s a lot of fun. I think we all can use that right now. Listen in at the link in my bio.
There’s no time to waste in the lead-up to this election. I’m counting on all of you to help your communities get registered and ready to vote this fall. Join me and @WhenWeAllVote this Thursday, 9/3 to learn how to get involved. I hope to see you there: weall.vote/rally.
Time and again, these past few months have shown us how important it is to maintain and strengthen our friendships. Not only are we all navigating life during a pandemic, but we’re also dealing with an unending string of racial injustices reverberating throughout America. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I’ve leaned on my girlfriends during these moments—including right now. It’s so important to lean on those closest to you to sort through these difficult moments. How are your friends helping you get through this time? #MichelleObamaPodcast
I’ll always remember watching Chadwick in 42. Barack and I were alone in the White House, on a weekend night with the girls away. I was so profoundly moved by the rawness and emotion in the barrier-breaking story. And not long after, when he came to meet with young people in the State Dining Room, I saw that Chadwick’s brilliance on screen was matched by a warmth and sincerity in person. There’s a reason he could play Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall, and King T’Challa with such captivating depth and honesty. He, too, knew what it meant to truly persevere. He, too, knew that real strength starts inside. And he, too, belongs right there with them as a hero—for Black kids and for all of our kids. There’s no better gift with which to grace our world. ❤️ Photo credit: @chuckkennedydc
57 years ago, people from all over the country came together for the March on Washington to advocate for justice and equality. Today we march on—to realize Dr. King’s dream and fulfill the promise of our country. This fall, let's show up in numbers that can't be ignored. Make a plan to vote: whenweallvote.org/hub @therulernyc
I’m just devastated by the shootings in Kenosha. And I can’t stop thinking about what our kids are seeing every day—and our obligations to them going forward. To find out how you can take action, check out the @ObamaFoundation's resources at obama.org/anguish-and-action.
For so many of us, our friendships have been absolutely critical in helping us get through our toughest days and celebrate our highest highs. And this week on the #MichelleObamaPodcast, I’m talking to a few of my girlfriends: Sharon Malone, Denielle Pemberton-Heard, and Kelly Dibble. Our conversation is a pretty good window into what I love about these ladies. We can reminisce, laugh at each other’s stories, and most of all, we can talk about what’s going on in the world or in our own lives. And with everything that’s been going on over these past few months, it’s been especially crucial for us as women of color to have friends to lean on—a group we can sort through it all together. But to me, this episode isn’t just about my friendships. It’s about yours. It’s about the old friend from school who’s been a confidante for every crucial moment of your life. It’s about the girls who cheered you on during the good times or gave you a shoulder to lean on when times were tough. It’s about the people who know you and support you like no one else. I hope that after listening to this episode, you’ll reach out to them and let them know how much they mean to you. Click the link in my bio to hear this week’s episode with my girlfriends.
Every year since 2014, my Reach Higher initiative has hosted a Beating the Odds Summit to celebrate first-generation students pursuing higher education. This year, we’re creating a @BetterMakeRoom video series to support students beginning this next chapter of their lives—and I couldn’t be more excited. Because this series will accomplish everything our summits did—from offering tips for making it through that first year to sharing powerful and emotional stories about all those incredible students out there doing whatever it takes to get their education. #BetterMakeRoom
I know a lot of people might have some questions about voting by mail. Thankfully, my fellow @WhenWeAllVote co-chair @lizakoshy is here to set the record straight. Remember, the most important thing you can do is request your mail-in ballot early. Don’t wait—do it now and remind a friend to do the same: weall.vote/hub
To all the college students out there getting ready to start a new school year: I hope you know that I believe in you. It’s not easy taking classes online or learning from home. I hope you’re taking care of your own mental health and talking with people you trust about what you’re going through this semester. There are so many people rooting for you––including me. That’s what this series has been all about—and so I hope you’ll watch the final installment about the experiences of our four college students. I think it’ll help you out along your own path. @reachhigher @attndotcom
There’s never a dull moment with my brother, Craig. He always finds a way to make me laugh and remembers so many things that I’d forgotten. I had so much fun reminiscing with him about our childhood during this week’s episode of The #MichelleObamaPodcast. I hope you had a chance to listen and reflect on your own relationships with your siblings or your chosen family––I’d love to hear about some of your favorite memories below.
The struggle for women’s suffrage was long—and even longer for women of color—but generations of women marched and organized because they knew that our vote was our voice. 100 years later, and we're still showing up, voting, and making our voices heard. It’s never been more important that we continue this momentum in the lead up to this election. Register and make a plan to vote at whenweallvote.org. And share the story of the #FirstWomanVoter who inspired you to vote.
@JoeBiden is a profoundly decent man, guided by his faith. As president, he will honor the lives and experiences of every American—because that’s what he’s always done. I can’t wait for you to see the Joe I know tonight: Someone who respects the dignity of other human beings, someone who is capable of making smart plans and managing a good team. Joe will govern as someone who’s lived a life that the rest of us can recognize—and I know he and @KamalaHarris have what it takes to rescue our economy, beat back a pandemic, and lead a country. But if we want any chance of ending the chaos and division we’ve seen so much of, each of us has to step up. We’ve got to vote early, in-person if we can. We’ve got to request our mail-in ballots and send them back immediately. We’ve got to grab our comfortable shoes, put on our masks, and be willing to stand in line all night if we have to. Joe and Kamala will only be able to lead our country forward if we all vote like our lives depend on it. So, let’s get to it. Photo credit: @petesouza
From Jill’s speech full of compassion to the roll call displaying the incredible diversity and strength of our country, I’ve been so inspired by this year’s @DemConvention. And tonight will be no different. Of course, I’m looking forward to my husband’s speech. But I also can’t wait to hear @KamalaHarris speak about her hope and her vision for this nation. As a Senator and as an Attorney General of California, Kamala Harris dedicated herself to working families and those who have been historically underserved by our government. That’s empathy—not just feeling, but doing. And together with @JoeBiden, I know we’ll see that understanding of other’s lives play out in the years ahead. So I hope you’ll tune in. And even more importantly, I hope you’ll take a moment right now to make sure you’re registered to vote. And make your plan to vote early—whether that’s in person or by mail. Because we’ve got to show up for Kamala Harris and Joe Biden in numbers that can’t be ignored. Photo credit: @schultzinit
My brother @craigmalrob is someone who will always be there for me, someone who will lift my spirits, and keep me in check. He’s known me from the first breath I took––and that’s a gift that has no parallel in my life. I know that not everyone has siblings of their own—some of us might have fraught relationships with our brothers and sisters, and others might have lasting connections with friends that take on a sibling relationship. But no matter the specifics of our situations, hopefully we’re all lucky enough to have someone who knows us inside and out—someone who gives us the strength to take flight. For me, that’s Craig. And on this week’s episode of The #MichelleObamaPodcast, we reflect on everything from growing up on the South Side of Chicago to our perspectives as parents. You can listen to our conversation now by clicking the link in my bio.
I can’t wait for Jill Biden’s speech tonight. I’m so fortunate to have gotten to know her while we were in the White House. She was my partner-in-crime, truly, working together to honor the tremendous service and sacrifice of our veterans and military families. We hosted baby showers for military spouses, stopped by Sesame Street with military kids, visited with wounded warriors and their families, and so much more. And through it all, her enormous heart and ready smile were always there, not just for me but for everyone she met. Because Jill is one of the most grounded people you’ll ever meet, inside or outside of politics. She’s just a breath of fresh air without an ounce of pretense. She’s funny, often playing tricks on her staff like hiding in an airplane overhead compartment to spook them. And she is passionate, loyal, and hardworking—as she showed by continuing to teach at a nearby community college, often grading papers on long trips for official events. There’s not a doubt in my mind that Jill will make a wonderful First Lady. So I hope you’ll watch her tonight. And if you haven’t yet, I hope you’ll make your plan to vote early—in person or by mail. Photo credit: @chuckkennedydc, @petesouza & @alucidon
You all know me by now. You know that I tell you exactly what I’m feeling, and that I’m no fan of politics. But you also know how much I love this country and how much I care about all our children. And right now, I’m deeply troubled by what our kids are witnessing—a nation that’s underperforming not just on matters of policy, but on matters of character. In our hearts, we know that so much of what’s happening is just not right. It’s not who we want to be. And if we want any chance to end the chaos, the division, and the nastiness; if we want to keep alive the possibility of progress on the issues we hold dear, we’ve got to elect @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris like our lives depend on it. Joe Biden is a profoundly decent man, guided by his faith. He knows what it takes to rescue an economy, beat back a pandemic, and lead a country. Kamala Harris is a dedicated public servant who has committed her life to fighting for those who can use a hand up. Together, they will listen. They will tell the truth and trust science. And they will make smart plans and manage a good team. Because Joe Biden has served this nation without ever losing sight of who he is, but even more than that, he’s never lost sight of who we are—all of us. And he will channel that same grit and compassion to pick us up, help us heal, and guide us forward. To everyone who has given so much this summer to awaken our consciences and shout out for justice—I could not be more proud of you. Keep it up. Because progress isn’t an either/or proposition. If we want to move forward, we’ve got to march. We’ve got to kneel. We’ve got to protest. And we’ve got to vote—and make sure everyone we know does, too. So vote early, in-person if you can. Request your mail-in ballots right now—tonight—and send them back immediately, and follow up to make sure they were received. And when Election Day comes, get prepared to wait in line overnight if you have to. Because if we want to be able to look our children in the eye after this election, if we want to realize the progress that we seek, we’ve got to do everything we can to elect Joe Biden as the next President of the United States.
Now more than ever, it’s important to have a support system that you can talk to about taking care of your physical and mental health. I hope this week’s episode of The #MichelleObamaPodcast with @smalonemd, gave you a taste of why that’s been so important for me. I hope it inspires you to have some of those hard conversations about your health, too—whether that’s with your doctor, your friends, your partner, or your children. I’d love to hear about the conversations you’ve been having in the comments below. #SelfcareSunday
You get used to it, even as a little girl—opening the newspaper, turning on the TV, and hardly ever seeing anyone who looks like you. You train yourself to not get your hopes up. And sometimes it’s a battle just to keep telling yourself that you might deserve more. Because no matter how much you prepare, no matter what grades you get or even how high you rise at work, it always feels like someone is waiting to tell you that you’re not qualified. That you’re not smart enough. That you’re too loud or too bossy. That there’s just something about you…you’re just not quite the right fit. Change can be slow and frustrating, but signs of progress are all around us. This week Senator @KamalaHarris, the daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants, became the first Black woman and first Asian-American woman on a major party’s presidential ticket. I’ve been thinking about all those girls growing up today who will be able to take it for granted that someone who looks like them can grow up to lead a nation like ours. Because @KamalaHarris may be the first, but she won’t be the last. I am here for it all. Let us embrace and celebrate this moment. Go get ‘em girl. 💪🏾
For this week’s conversation on The #MichelleObamaPodcast, I’m talking to one of my dear friends, Dr. @smalonemd. Sharon is an OBGYN, and she’s someone my friends and I always turn to for perspective on our health and our bodies. As women, we often have questions about our bodies—what we know, what we don’t know, what we’re uncertain or anxious about. In our conversation on The #MichelleObamaPodcast, we talk about everything from puberty to menopause, from body image to hot flashes. And I know that this might sound like a conversation that’s just for women, but to be honest, men can learn a lot from this one, too. It’s a conversation that might help open up some eyes—or foster conversations that you’ve been meaning to have. You can listen to our conversation now on @Spotify at the link in my bio.
Recording a podcast has been soul-nourishing in the deepest ways. It’s given me the opportunity to reflect and the space to have long, open-ended conversations with some of my closest friends. And I hope all of you are finding some time to have these sorts of conversations with people you love. When we open up about what we’re going through, we can better identify our inner voices and listen to them without feeling guilty. That’s where change starts. Because we can’t show up for the world if we don’t take care of ourselves first. That’s where our truest power lies—right inside our minds and hearts. I hope you'll keep tuning in to these conversations on The #MichelleObamaPodcast. You can listen in at the link in my bio. #SelfcareSunday
For the past five months, 15-year-old Fortunate Ayomirwoth’s school has been closed. Fortunate spends her days at home in a small suburb of Kampala, Uganda, doing chores, caring for her four younger siblings, and hoping there will be enough food for her family. Since her mother lost her job, money has been tight—and for Fortunate, the window of opportunity feels like it, too, is getting tighter. This is a scary and difficult time for all of our children, and so much is unknown about what the future of education looks like. Unfortunately, for millions of girls around the world, the question isn’t when they will return to school—it’s if they will return at all. Even before COVID-19 struck, more than 98 million adolescent girls worldwide were not in school. Now, due to ripple effects from the pandemic, millions of more girls of secondary school age could remain out of school—not just this year, but possibly forever. @MelindaFrenchGates and I wrote about why we can’t let that happen—and why, as the world determines how to continue educating students in the months ahead, we must ensure that adolescent girls have a chance to learn, to stay healthy, and to stay safe. I hope you’ll read more at the link in my bio, and then take action by supporting organizations through the @GirlsOpportunityAlliance Fund. These grassroots leaders are working tirelessly so that girls continue to have the chance to get an education and to reach their full potential. Support this work today.
It’s been 55 years since the #VotingRightsAct was signed into law, but we are still fighting for equal access to the ballot box to this day. Congressman John Lewis risked it all to make sure that we all could make our voices heard in each and every election. He told us time and again: our vote is the most powerrful tool we have. So I hope you’ll head to whenweallvote.org to get registered to vote and learn how you can vote early this year. Better yet, sign up to volunteer to help your family, friends and community get registered too!