I hereby announce that today February 2, 2012 is First Lady Michelle Obama Appreciation Day! Why? Well, because our First Lady is awesome and she deserves a day of appreciation. Further I think as a feminist space we need to just take a moment to reflect on the wonderful and positive example that has been set by the First African American FLOTUS.
Whether she is looking stunning in pastels on Jay Leno or doing (25!) pushups on Ellen, her charm and smarts and genuine concern for the health of American children and military families shines through.
February is also Black History Month and yesterday President Obama issued a proclamation to honor African American women. The special message is meant to highlight and pay tribute to influential African American women that impacted culture and history.
It’s certainly a historic moment for African American women in the era of Michelle Obama and while she still has to occasionally deal with the same old stereotypes and misconceptions, she is setting a wonderful example for us all.