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How Michelle Obama’s Critics Undercut Progress

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Published by: Zophia

9th December 2013

Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, a mother and CEO of Green for All wrote an inspired guest piece for Huffington Post earlier this week in response to Politico’s article titled “Leaning Out: How Michelle Obama became a feminist nightmare.” The article criticises Michelle Obama for ‘squandering’ her position as the First Lady by advocating for children and families and putting her role as a mother above all else. Phaedra’s response proposes that instead of inflicting a feeling of shame and isolation onto women who balance motherhood with a successful career, as the critics in the Leaning Out article do, we need to work to support those who, after all, are nurturing the next generation. But why is it that those who chose alternative priorities to motherhood are so judgmental of those who do? Shouldn’t a careful and successful balance of personal and work life be celebrated and supported?

As Phaedra explains, the issues of how we raise, educate and care for children are crucial to the shaping of the country’s future, so why is the First Lady being so harshly criticized for trying to make a positive difference?

Read the full article by Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins (here) and let us know your thoughts in the comments below. 

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