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Michelle Obama Is America’s Most Admired Woman

This title is no small feat as it has been clinched by Hilary Clinton for almost two decades before the sudden displacement.

It is quite important to explore the background of these two great women to find out why Americans admire them.

Who is Michelle Obama?

Michelle Obama’s birthplace is Chicago, Illinois. She was born in 1964. She is an alumnus of Princeton University where she, in 1985 graduated with cum laude. Thereafter, she proceeded to Harvard where she obtained a law degree in 1988.

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With his family by his side, Barack Obama is sworn in as the 44th president of the United States by Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts Jr. in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2009. More than 5,000 men and women in uniform are providing military ceremonial support to the presidential inauguration, a tradition dating back to George Washington’s 1789 inauguration. (DoD photo by Master Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo, U.S. Air Force/Released)

After graduating from Harvard in 1988, she was employed at a law firm located in Chicago where she later met Barack Obama, her future husband and former President of U. S.

The duo tied the knot on 3rd of October, 1992.

While she occupied the position of U. S’ first lady, she paid attention to issues disturbing the social life of Americans such as education and poverty.

Early childhood of Michelle Obama

On the 17th of January, 1964 in Chicago, Illinois, Michelle Obama was conceived as Michelle LaVaughn Robinson.

Michelle was nurtured in a small apartment on the southern side of Chicago.

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The Obamas got married in 1992, and both have been walking hand in hand to eradicate poverty in America.

Fraser Robinson, her father, was in charge of the city – pump and also worked as the captain of their democratic district. Marian, her mother, worked as a secretary but she later gave up the job to carter for Michelle and Craig, her elder brother.

The bond between the family was intense that they did share meals, read and play different sports together. Craig had an age difference of a year and nine months when compared to his younger sister, but they were usually mistaken to be twins.

Michelle and Craig shared quarters, slept in their living room while they used a sheet to serve as a temporary divider of rooms.They had an upbringing wherein education was seen as a focal point that must be acquired by everyone. This led to their being able to read fluently before they clocked five years old.

Michelle Obama’s Academic pursuit

Michelle was exceptional that in her sixth grade, she joined the gifted program of the school where French and some biological courses were taught.

Thereafter, she attended Whitney Young school, a school developed specifically for children deemed gifted. Her leadership prowess was recognized as she emerged as the treasurer of the student government.

In 1981, she graduated as the second best in her class. She proceeded thereafter to Princeton University which her elder brother also studied in. In Princeton, she emerged with cum laude in 1985 and thereafter advanced to Harvard Law school. During her days in Harvard, she was active in clamoring for more enrollment of students from minority areas as well as employing minority professors. In 1988, she got her J. D

Who is Hilary Clinton?

Hilary Clinton on 26th of October, 1947 was a Chicago-born woman, precisely in Illinois. She went to Yale University, where she got her law degree. After graduation, in 1975, she got married to Bill Clinton who also graduated from Yale University.

She came to the political limelight in the 80s where she was the first lady of Arkansas.

She also was the first lady of U.S between 1993 and 2001 when her husband, Bill Clinton, served as the United States president, between 2001 to 2009. Hillary served as a U.S senator.

In 2007, she revealed her plans of running for the number one post of the presidency. When the Democratic party met in 2008 for the primaries, she agreed to let Obama run when it was obvious he is more likely to gain the delegates votes.

Immediately Obama won the presidential elections, she (Hilary Clinton) was appointed as the State Secretary for the United States, a position she held from 2009 to 2013. She declared her intention once more to run for the presidential election in 2015 spring.

A year after (2016), she emerged as the first woman in the history of US to be nominated by a major political party.

She, however, lost in the general elections to the presidential candidate of GOP, Donald Trump.


She and Bill Clinton gave birth to one daughter, Victoria Chelsea who was conceived on the 27th of February, 2018.

The poll was carried by Gallup which asked Americans “their most admired woman? “.  After compiling the results, about 15% of the populace went for Michelle Obama who recently has been touring the US to promote her autobiography ” Becoming”.

Oprah Winfrey occupied the second position while Clinton and Melania Trump took the third and fourth positions respectively.

Hilary Clinton has a record of appearing in the top ten positions in about 27 times the poll has been carried out. She has emerged the most admired woman a record of 22 times.

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Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama during a presidential campaign

Michelle Obama, on the other hand, has been the runner-up to Clinton 3 times before this recent poll.

The list of other women occupying the top ten positions includes: Queen Elizabeth, Angela Merkel (chancellor of Germany), Justice Ruth Bader amongst others.

This annual poll by Gallup was first commenced in 1946.

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