Ladies, even Michelle Obama knows what it’s like to be overlooked. Speaking about her experiences during a speech on the power of education for her “Let Girls Learn” initiative in Argentina on Wednesday, Michelle Obama shared how she combated sexism throughout her life.
She recalled how even teachers “would call on the boys instead of the girls, even though the girls had better grades,” and how she would be asked what kind of man she wanted to marry, while her brother was asked about his career ambitions.
“As I got older, I found that men would whistle at me as I walked down the street, as if my body were their property, as if I were an object to be commented on instead of a full human being with thoughts and feelings of my own,” Obama said. “I began to realize that the hopes I had for myself were in conflict with the messages I was receiving from people around me.”
She expressed how, initially, these comments made her doubt herself, before she made the decision to shake these haters off!
“I decided not to listen to the voices of those who doubted or dismissed me. Instead, I decided to listen to my own voice,” states Obama.
We can all take this beat from Madame FLOTUS.