Happy birthday, First Lady Michelle Obama!

By Gavriella Tjandra,

Michelle Obama turned 49 today!

She is the wife of the 44th United States President Barack Obama, and the first African-American First Lady of the U.S.

Born and raised in the south side of Chicago, she traveled to the east coast for her tertiary education, attending Princeton University and Harvard Law School.

At Princeton she majored in sociology, minored in African American studies and graduated cum laude in 1985.

Three years later, she earned her Juris Doctor degree from Harvard.

She then traveled back to Chicago and worked in law firm Sidley Austin, where she worked in the marketing and intellectual property department. There, she met her future husband.

She worked in the Chicago city government as an Assistant Mayor, and Assistant Commissioner of Planning and Development in 1991.

In 1993, she moved to the non-profit organization Public Allies to encourage young people to work on social issues in nonprofit groups and government agencies.

She then moved to various other organizations, such as University of Chicago, and University of Chicago Hospitals.

Obama initiated a White House reception for women's right advocates in celebration of the enactment of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, an act that supports equal payment for everybody.

As the First Lady, she became a part of the popular culture, as a fashion icon, and a role model for women throughout the world.

Obama earned a place in "25 of the World's Most Inspiring Women" in Essence magazine in 2006, and on a list of notable Harvard alumni "The Harvard 100th" in "02138" as number 58. Her husband was ranked 4th.

Vanity Fair magazine has numerously ranked her as one of the best dressed people.

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