Michelle Obama Believes 'Leaning In' Does Not Always Work

Michelle Obama Believes 'Leaning In' Does Not Always Work

Former U.S. first lady Michelle Obama discusses her forthcoming memoir titled, "Becoming", during the 2018 American Library Association Annual Conference on June 22, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Her comments about making a marriage work and focusing on a satisfying career, quoted by USA news site The Cut, clearly struck a chord with the crowd. "I tell woman that whole 'you can have it all.' nope, not at the same time-that's a lie", she said.

One member of the audience at Brooklyn's Barclays Center said the people around him "freaked out" at her use of the swear word. "It's not always enough to lean in because that shit doesn't work".

"Leaning in" was first popularised in 2013 by Sandberg, the now-embattled Facebook executive, in her book titled, "Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead".

"Thankfully I get more (and more regular) sleep these days", she said.

And Obama announced yesterday that she was cutting short her European tour to return to the United States for the funeral of the former USA president George H.W. Bush on Wednesday.

Obama on Monday returned to the inner London girl's school she first visited nine years ago to talk about her life and the importance of education and working hard at school. "I thought we were at home, y'all".

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She continued: "Overall, we are not seeing a major increase in female leadership in any industry or in any government in the world, and I think that's a shame".

Hearing Michelle Obama speak against the practicality of "having it all" is uniquely satisfying because she is a woman who seems to be the living embodiment of having it all.

"Marriage still ain't equal y'all, it ain't equal".

The following year, Mrs Obama invited a dozen of the schoolgirls to visit her at the White House in Washington. Many on social media praised Obama for being "real" about the struggles working women face.

As she spoke with her friend and poet Elizabeth Alexander, Obama talked about the challenges of balancing career and family. "I'm like, 'Duh.' Marriage is hard, you know".

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Earlier today, EGA alumna Winnie Mac, 22, said: "One of the things she said in her speech was how important it was to reach back and help others".

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