Michelle Obama Timeline
Timeline Description: Michelle Obama is America's 44th first lady, married to President Barack Obama. She is mostly known for her work in encouraging physical activity, healthy eating, and overcoming obesity.

Date Event
January 17, 1964 Michelle is born

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Michelle Obama was born as Michelle LaVaughn Robinson. Her parents were Fraser and Marian Robinson.
1985 Princeton University

Michelle attended and graduated from the prestigious Princeton University. Upon graduation she said in her senior thesis that Princeton had made her more aware of her ‘blackness' than ever before.
1988 Harvard Law

After leaving Princeton, Michelle began study at Harvard Law. She graduated in 1988 and went on to work in marketing and intellectual property law.
1989 Michelle meets her future husband

While working at Sidley Austin, the marketing law firm she'd signed on with after Harvard, Michelle was assigned the training of a summer associate. His name was Barack Obama.
1992 Michelle and Barack are married

After a few years of dating, Michelle and Barack were married. They married at the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago.
1998 The birth of a child

Several years of marriage produced Michelle and Barack's first daughter, Malia Ann. Michelle would later give birth to their second daughter, Natasha.
2000 On the campaign trail

Michelle's husband Barack went campaigning for the U.S. congressional bid, which he eventually lost. They campaigned for several months, which Mrs. Obama says was not enjoyable.
2002 A change of occupations

After leaving the Sidley Austin law practice in 1991, Michelle went on to work in community affairs in 2002. She worked for the University of Chicago Hospitals.
2004 Back on the campaign trail

Husband Barack continued campaigning and was eventually elected to the office of Illinois state senator.
2008 Controversy and campaigning

Senator Obama went on the campaign trail again, this time running for the presidency of the United States. Michelle Obama faced many attacks during this time, but the Obamas were victorious in the winning of the presidency.
2010 Let's Move

Mrs. Obama's first campaign as first lady was launched in 2010. The Let's Move campaign set out to reduce childhood obesity.
2011 Mrs. Obama and Nelson Mandela

On a trip to South Africa, Mrs. Obama set out to focus on youth leadership, health, and education. She also met the former president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela.
2013 The Academy Awards

During the 2013 Academy Awards Mrs. Obama became the first First Lady to announce the winner of an Oscar. She announced for the Best Picture, which went to Argo.
2013 Facing criticism

Mrs. Obama continued to face criticism throughout her husband's presidency. She was criticized for not taking a stronger role in women's rights, but her supporters were not swayed as they praised her for taking a stand against obesity.
2014 A visit to China

As her husband's presidency grows closer to its end, Mrs. Obama continues her outreach work. Along with visiting homeless shelters and soup kitchens, the Obama women visited China where they met with Peng Liyuan, wife of the Chinese president.