Michelle Obama's grace, poise, and eloquence have made her one of the most impactful First Ladies in American history. Growing on the tradition of First Ladies before her, Obama has tackled some of the most difficult issues of the modern era in her now-legendary speeches, and she's added the uniquely personal lens of her race, gender, and socioeconomic background. Michelle Obama's most dazzling speeches as FLOTUS have focused on the black condition, the reality of womanhood, and the strength of a single voice in America — the same things that defined her tenure in the White House and her legacy going forward.
Obama faced more than her fair share of backlash from her boldness and determination to publicly discuss difficult issues, but she never backed down. Even when people did and said everything they could to try and tear her down, Obama proved that a positive attitude and the moral high ground can still move dialogue and attitudes forward.
"When they go low, we go high" will be the motto of a generation, particularly for young women of color who face the same struggles that Obama did growing up on the South Side of Chicago. These speeches give hope that new generations of young women will be empowered for years to come and continue doing the work of building a stronger foundation for the United States.