Michelle Obama, the first lady on Wednesday spoke about her experiences with sexism during a speech on her “Let Girls Learn“ initiative and power of education in Argentina
She spoke about how she had the teachers who “would call on the boys instead of the girls, even though the girls had better grades,” and that they would ask her brother about his career ambitions while asking her that what kind of man she wanted to marry.
“As I got older, I found that men would whistle at me as I walked down the street, as if my body were their property, as if I were an object to be commented on instead of a full human being with thoughts & the feelings of my own,” said the first lady. “I began to realize that the hopes I had for myself were in conflict with the messages I was receiving from people around me,’’ she added.
She also said that the comments would make her question herself, telling the crowd that she had doubts for years, until one day she just grew tired of worrying about what other people think about her.
“I decided not to listen to voices of those who doubted or dismissed me. Instead, I decided to listen to my own voice,” said Michelle.
Michelle Obama had previously spoken about her experiences with sexism on the International Women’s Day, stating that like most women she knew what it feels like to be overlooked
She had launched the “Let Girls Learn” initiative in Mar. 2015 with Akie Abe, who is the wife of Shinzō Abe, the Japanese Prime Minister. The 2 women claimed that their partnership would aim “to educate girls across the globe.”
President Barrack Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama travelled to Argentina on Wednesday after a historic 2 day trip to Cuba.