Women Wednesday: Michelle Obama
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What would you say in a letter to @michelleobama? For @tmagazine's #tgreats issue, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, @gloriasteinem, Jon Meacham and @rashidajones wrote thank-you notes to the first lady, who @gloriasteinem describes as "a tall, strong, elegant and seriously smart woman" who happens to live in the @whitehouse. "The important thing," Jon Meacham writes, "is that Mrs. Obama, a clear-eyed lawyer, found a way to withstand the scrutiny of the spotlight. ... To borrow a phrase from William Faulkner, she not only endured it; she prevailed over it." @rashidajones writes that #MichelleObama was the first #firstlady so show women that they don't have to choose. "If feminism's goal is equal opportunity and choice, Michelle makes me feel like every choice is available," she writes. "You can go to Princeton and Harvard, you can rap with Missy Elliott, you can be a mother and a lawyer and a powerful orator." And Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie writes that, watching @michelleobama speak at the 2016 @demconvention, "I realized then that she hadn't been waiting to exhale these past 8 years. She had been letting that breath out, in small movements, careful because she had to be, but exhaling still." Visit the link in our profile to read 4 letters to the first lady. The photographer Collier Schorr took this photo while on assignment for @tmagazine.