Emily Bernard Emily Bernard is co-author, with Deborah Willis, of "Michelle Obama: The First Lady in Photographs" (2009). She teaches African American literature at the University of Vermont in Burlington.
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Michelle Obama: Committed to Women’s Work

By Emily Bernard
By Emily Bernard

What Mrs. Michelle Obama has put on display, and perhaps “overexposed,” is her commitment to women’s work. It’s a radical act—even feminist—in that she has become a champion of women and the work that is expected of us. She may not ever be able to go to Target again without drawing a crowd, but she has made her life as a spectacle an opportunity to advocate for two of the most neglected and unglamorous groups in this country today: veterans and obese children.

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