Published: Tue, December 04, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Kristi Paul

Michelle Obama's Sweet Advice For Meghan Markle Is Simple And Perfect

Michelle Obama's Sweet Advice For Meghan Markle Is Simple And Perfect

Michelle Obama has a world of wisdom up her sleeve, which she's happily shared in her new memoir, Becoming.

"What I'd say is that there's so much opportunity to do good with a platform like that - and I think Meghan can maximise her impact for others, as well her own happiness, if she's doing something that resonates with her personally", Mrs Obama told the magazine. "That's a lie. And it's not always enough to 'lean in, ' because that s**t doesn't work all the time".

The former first lady also talked about the importance of the Duchess choosing something she felt passionate about.

Obama confessed to facing numerous hurdles and confronting teachers who "underestimated me at every step". "It ain't equal. I tell women, that whole "you can have it all" - mmm, nope".


"I'm back now", Obama said, smiling and looking a bit sheepish. Sometimes that stuff doesn't work.

The method of "leaning in" or to "lean in" is essentially the idea that women can have a healthy balance of their personal and work lives.

"Lean in" is a catchphrase used by Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's COO, in her eponymous 2013 best-seller on women in the workplace and at home.

On Monday evening, Mrs Obama spoke to author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at the Southbank Centre to promote her new autobiography Becoming. Professionally, she had a successful career prior to moving into the White House, and as First Lady, she maintained her independent identity and worked to advance a number of important causes.


"People are like, 'Oh, why'd she talk about marriage counselling?'" she continued.

Throw on top of that the constant media spotlight on her family, as well as rumours of a "rift" between her and Kate, which saw the palace respond with a statement this week. "And so then it's time to go to marriage counseling", she added, to delighted laughter from the audience.

Obama's comments are not the first criticism of Sandberg's approach, which is accused of suggesting that individual women have to be the solution to workplace inequality rather than widespread policy changes. I love my husband, and we have a great marriage, and we've had a great marriage, but marriage is hard work.

"I don't wanna be president", she said, as reported by the New York Post.


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