Last week Time Magazine
had a great interview
with Michelle Obama. It's fun to read because it seems like Time just published the transcription straight from the tape recorder (the "likes," "I means" and "you knows" are still included in the final copy) and Michelle comes across as sharp, honest and open-- not like she's been media-trained within an inch of her life.
My favorite part was her response to a question about the criticism of a dress* she wore to a congressional speech. Of all things, I know, deep thoughts on clothing! But her attitude can be applied beyond fashion-- and I think it's a very relevant message, particularly for women, who often go along with a flow set by someone else rather than proactively make their own choices:
"In life you've got to make choices that make sense for you, because
there's always going to be somebody who'll think you should do
something differently. So you might as well start with what you
like and what you care about, what your passions are, what makes sense.
That's my message to women, if anything, over the course of this, is,
find your space. Find your spot. Wear what you love. Choose the careers
that may have meaning to you, because there's always somebody who will
say, 'I wouldn't have worn that color, or why didn't you work at that
job.' But if you're comfortable in the choice and it resonates
with you, then all that other stuff, it's just conversation
. People have the right
to have conversations.
I think that's one thing we as women sometimes do; we don't make
choices that have meaning to us. And then when those things fall apart,
you have to have yourself to fall back on. You have to own the choices
that you make, and hopefully they're yours to begin with."
*the picture above is the dress in question. The speech was in February in D.C., so people said it was a bit inappropriate for the First Lady to be bearing her arms given the time, place, and weather. Or something.