The White House Blog: The First Lady

  • First Lady Michelle Obama Honors Women Veterans

    This morning, First Lady Michelle Obama joined more than two hundred active-duty, retired-military, veteran, and reservist women at the Women Veterans Career Development Forum. Today’s career forum, focused on transitioning to civilian life, follows a White House roundtable discussion led by the First Lady which was featured in the November 2014 Redbook issue’s cover story.

    The day-long career-readiness forum, held at Arlington National Cemetery, included discussion with private and public-sector employers; hands-on workshops covering topics from financial literacy to resume writing; insights on entrepreneurship from Bobbi Brown, founder and CEO of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics; and a career fashion workshop sponsored by Ann Taylor.

    In her keynote address, the First Lady started by thanking the attendees for their service:

    But most of all, I want to thank all of you, the service members and veterans who have stood up every time this country has called. And before I go any further, I want to say two words that I don’t think we can say enough, and that is, thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Thank you for your service. Thank you for your sacrifice. Thank you for your unending commitment to our country.

    But I’m here today because I know that simply saying thank you isn’t always enough. We’re here because of women…with distinguished records of service who still struggle to find jobs after they leave the military.


  • You Asked and the First Lady Answered: Recap Her First Tumblr Q&A on Reach Higher

    First Lady Michelle Obama took to Tumblr for the first time to answer your questions on education as part of her Reach Higher initiative, which aims to inspire every student to take charge of their future and complete their education past high school.

    Yesterday, we posted her answers to your questions ranging from "what were some of your struggles as a first generation college student?" and "what do you believe is the most important thing to look for in a college or university?" to "how's Bo doing?"

    Check out her answers below, and learn more about the First Lady's initiative and how you can reach higher at WhiteHouse.gov/Reach-Higher. And if you aren't following the White House on Tumblr yet, you can do that here.


  • Reach Higher with the First Lady on Tumblr and IRL

    We’re excited to announce that on Monday, November 3, First Lady Michelle Obama will take to Tumblr for the first time to answer your questions on education as part of her Reach Higher initiative, which aims to inspire every student to take charge of their future and complete their education past high school.

    Getting a higher education has never been more important, because in today’s economy, a high school diploma just isn’t enough. That’s why the First Lady is working to rally the country around President Obama’s “North Star” goal -- that by 2020, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.

    If you’ve got questions about preparing for college or how to pay for it, here’s how you can join the conversation:

    Learn more about the First Lady's initiative and how you can reach higher at WhiteHouse.gov/Reach-Higher, and then ask the First Lady a question on Tumblr before her first-ever Tumblr Q&A on Monday, November 3.

     


  • What You Missed: The First Lady Answers Your Questions on Let's Move! and the White House Garden

    Yesterday, the First Lady sat down for her first-ever Vine and Twitter Q&A to answer your questions about Let’s Move! ahead of the fall garden harvest. During the chat, the First Lady talked healthy Halloween ideas, the status of the White House bees, her favorite fall vegetables – and asked, turnip for what?

    Take a look at the full Q&A below, or over on Storify, and be sure to follow the First Lady on Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates and more chances to engage with Mrs. Obama.


  • Ask the First Lady: Vine Q&A on the White House Garden & Let's Move!

    Ed. Note: This is cross-posted from LetsMove.gov. Read the original post here

    Let's Move Garden

    Next week, the First Lady will welcome students and chefs from the around the country to the White House for the annual fall Kitchen Garden harvest. The White House garden was planted in 2009 and inspired the First Lady's Let’s Move! initiative to help kids and families lead healthier lives.

    And before the First Lady gets her hands dirty in the garden, she's going to answer your questions on Vine, an app for creating and sharing 6 seconds or less videos (not to be confused with the kind you'd find in the garden) and on Twitter.

    Here's how you can join:

    • Record a 6 second video with your question about healthy eating, home cooking, gardening, and all things Let's Move! Post your video on Vine with #AskTheFirstLady.
    • You can also tweet your question using #AskTheFirstLady.
    • Follow along on Tuesday, October 14th on @FLOTUS to see if the First Lady answered your question.

    Whether you're a teacher, student, parent, garden enthusiast or aspiring chef — the First Lady wants to hear from you and answer your questions.


  • The First Lady Teams Up with Redbook to Support Female Veterans

    The First Lady teams up with Redbook to help female veterans get jobs

    Earlier today, Redbook unveiled their November issue, which features First Lady Michelle Obama and is dedicated to helping female veterans get jobs. The issue highlights five female veterans who visited the White House to speak with the First Lady about the Joining Forces initiative and their experiences transitioning into civilian life.

    The November issue also highlights how all Americans can help support women veterans, and provides resources for women veterans seeking employment.

    Learn more about the November issue and join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #HireWomenVets.


  • The First Lady: We've Made "Tremendous Progress" in Educating the World’s Young Women, but There's More Work to Do

    First Lady Michelle Obama delivers the special keynote address at the United Nations' Global Education First Initiative's high-level event at the U.N. Headquarters

    First Lady Michelle Obama delivers the special keynote address at the United Nations' Global Education First Initiative's high-level event at the U.N. Headquarters in New York, N.Y., Sept. 24, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

    Every young woman on our planet should have the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive. That was the message delivered earlier today by First Lady Michelle Obama at the U.N. Global Education First Initiative in New York City. The initiative brings together heads of state and government, leading international advocates, and U.N. principals to focus on the importance of a quality education as a way to build a more equitable, prosperous, and sustainable world.

    The First Lady noted that we’ve made significant progress in achieving the goal of educating all young women, particularly in primary education. As of 2012, every developing region in the world has achieved, or was close to achieving, gender parity in primary education.

    But despite this accomplishment, the First Lady said that we shouldn’t be satisfied:


  • The First Lady Passes 1 Million Followers on Twitter and Instagram

    After just over a year on Twitter and Instagram, First Lady Michelle Obama's social media accounts both passed 1 million followers this summer!

    The First Lady uses Twitter and Instagram to connect with people around the country and keep her followers up-to-date on the latest news from her initiatives, Joining Forces, Let's Move, and Reach Higher. From participating in a Google+ Hangout during her trip to Africa to her Twitter Q&A #LunchWithFlotus on healthy school lunches, the First Lady is continually looking for new ways to connect with the public and answer their questions. 

    To celebrate passing 1 million followers, we’ve put together a list of highlights from @FLOTUS and @MichelleObama.

    Have a favorite moment of your own or ideas about new ways the First Lady could use social media? We want to hear from you! Let us know by tweeting at @FLOTUS or gramming at @MichelleObama. We’ll feature some of our favorite responses. And, don't forget to check out her board on Pinterest.

    Here's a look back at some of our top social media moments from the First Lady.


  • First Lady Highlights College Signing Day in Latest Upworthy Post

    Last week, First Lady Michelle Obama joined the site Upworthy as a guest curator to share content to inspire young people to reach higher and take charge of their future. Her first post highlighted inspiring stories from first-generation students at Kansas State University who have overcome challenges, and in her latest post she shares a powerful video of a College Signing Day assembly in San Antonio.

    College Signing Day is special event to honor students who have committed to continue their education beyond high school. In May, the First Lady joined more than 2,000 San Antonio high school seniors for the community-wide event:

    The fact is, a generation ago our country had the highest percentage of college graduates in the world. But today, we have dropped all the way to 12th. And that’s unacceptable. That’s not who we are. And all of you have a role to play to help get us get back on top, because the education you get today won’t just help you compete; it’s going to help our entire country compete in a global economy. 


  • Honoring 9/11 Through Service

    President Obama Greets Volunteers on September 11, 2013

    President Barack Obama greets volunteers at Food & Friends during a service project to commemorate the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance, in Washington, D.C. September 11, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

    Today, millions of people across the country will commemorate the anniversary of 9/11 through acts of service. To honor the memories of those we lost, we come together to make our communities better and our world a brighter place through acts of volunteerism.