In a message promoting self worth, First Lady Michelle Obama addressed a group of London schoolgirls on a visit to Oxford University. She encouraged them to understand the value of hard work and she combined her words of wisdom with warm hugs for the children.
In the setting of what was once the Hogwarts dining hall in the Harry Potter series (better known as the vaulted hall of Christ Church College, Oxford), Mrs. Obama captivated the students from London’s Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School who had come to see and hear her.
The school is renowned for its ethnic diversity and it is located in a very poor section of north London. Among the student body, which is comprised of 900 female students, almost 60 different languages are spoken.
The stylish First Lady, chic as always in an outfit of a white collarless blouse and black trousers, informed the girls that they must believe in their ultimate power to do and be anything they want to as long as they are prepared to work hard enough to achieve that goal.
She told the students that dreaming big makes all things possible as she herself came of age in a blue collar neighborhood in Chicago and won through hard work and determination, scholarships to both Harvard and Princeton Universities.
She spoke lovingly about her most important job, which is raising strong women as her mother had done before her.
The women of tomorrow are well armed today with mothers like Michelle Obama and all the others who follow her loving lead.