1. She is married to the 44th and current President of the United States, Barack Obama, and is the first African-American First Lady of the United States.
2. Raised on the South Side of Chicago, she is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School, and spent the early part of her legal career working at the law firm Sidley Austin, where she met Barack.
3. Subsequently, she worked as part of the staff of Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley, and for the University of Chicago Medical Center.
4. She delivered a keynote address at the 2008 Democratic National Convention and spoke at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
5. She has become a fashion icon and role model for women, and an advocate for poverty awareness, nutrition, physical activity, and healthy eating.
6. Obama was born Michelle LaVaughn Robinson on January 17, 1964, in DeYoung, Illinois, to Fraser Robinson III,
7. Her first son, Dolphus T. Shields, was biracial and born into slavery about 1860.
8. Based on DNA and other evidence, in 2012 researchers said his father was likely 20-year-old Charles Marion Shields, son of her master .
9. The family enjoyed playing games such as Monopoly and reading, and frequently saw extended family on both sides. She and her 21-month older brother, Craig, skipped the second grade.
10. Her brother is a former basketball coach at Oregon State University and Brown University.
11. Obama recalled experiencing gender discrimination in her early years, mentioning that she was opinionated, but people commonly were more inclined to ask what her older brother thought of a given topic.
12. Obama was inspired to follow her brother to Princeton University, where he graduated in 1983.