Michelle Obama used to have a hard time not only because of protocol issues but also with being accused of talking like she was white when she was a teenager, she told London girls from the secondary school in the British capital that she first visited in 2009.
When he told her he wanted to run for president, she admitted: "Deep down I was going, 'There's no way you're going to win". "And its not always enough to 'Lean In, ' cause that sh-t doesn't work".
"Malia and I were talking recently about all the little things we'd stress over in junior high and high school - whether we're wearing the right clothes, a snarky comment somebody made about us, the boys we crushed on, and on and on and on", said Obama, who's now promoting her memoir Becoming. Alright, I'm back now. "Sometimes that stuff doesn't work", she said.
Her "lean in" comment directly references Sheryl Sandberg's 2013 tome, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, which has been criticized over the years for dumping the onus for change onto women to improve workplace dynamics between genders.
On her career path and life before the White House: "I've learnt to grasp the art of reinvention".
She apologized and said. "And to walk away from that and to look my parents in the eye and say "I'm not feeling this", she laughed, trailing off at the memory.
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Obama confessed to facing numerous hurdles and confronting teachers who "underestimated me at every step".
One group of women read excerpts from "Lean In" and listened to portions of Sandberg's TED talks that focused on how women should be more confident in the office. "I touched her. After all those protocol lessons, I was human", she said of the incident.
Earlier this year, Obama was named the world's second-most admired woman, behind Angelina Jolie, in a YouGov poll, but she said she still sometimes questioned if she is good enough.
And when she is ready, Obama encouraged the Duchess of Sussex to pursue something she is really passionate about.
As noted by Fox News, the memoir's sales in the USA and Canada have exceeded 2 million copies in just the first 15 days from its release on November 15. One of the ways she got over it was looking around and seeing people who were not as talented, gifted and hardworking as she was.
"Of course your head is spinning because first of all I'm trying not to fall, which is a major thing that I think about in public", she explained".
The goal, she said, is for women to run half of all companies, and men to run half of all homes.