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The First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, for Vogue US April 2013

A friend posted photos of this same picture FRAMED in a gallery - I must find out where!

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fuckyeahsouthasia:

WASHINGTON/NEW DELHI: US first lady Michelle Obama and secretary of state John Kerry will honour Nirbhaya with a posthumous “woman of courage” award for her bravery in the face of a brutal sexual assault that awakened India to its appalling treatment of women.

The US state department said Nirbhaya’s ordeal and perseverance to fight for justice was helping to lift the stigma and vulnerability that drives violence against women. It recognized the 23-year-old as ‘Nirbhaya’ (the fearless one), a name given by TOI, ahead of a formal ceremony to honour her along with 10 other women.

In Delhi, Nirbhaya’s family said they were glad that their feisty daughter was chosen for this prestigious international honour. But they couldn’t hide the fact that life had almost come to a stop for them since the tragic loss.

When TOI visited the family’s home in south Delhi, Nirbhaya’s mother said the elder of her two sons was the most affected by his sister’s death. “Since the incident, he has stopped going for coaching classes for engineering entrance exams. He has become very quiet,” she said.

The boy, who has cleared class XII, wants to pursue engineering. “He filled up forms for examinations due in April. Let’s see how he fares,” added his mother. He isn’t the only one affected in the family. Both of Nirbhaya’s parents have been struggling with health issues since her death. “I developed high blood pressure during those 10 days. When that was controlled, her father came down with a knee infection,” said the mother. “For the last 20 days we have been running to doctors for her father’s right knee, which has swollen due to fluid accumulation,” she said, adding that the cops had been helpful and provide them with transport for the hospital trips. The family says that they are glad to know that their daughter is being honoured. “I also expressed my gratitude when the government had made the announcement of the Nirbhaya fund. It is good that in some way or the other there is an intention to control crime against women,” her father added. However, the family is still trying to pick up the pieces after Nirbhaya’s death.

The family has not been attending court hearings of the gang-rape trial. Nirbhaya’s brother said it was too painful. He also wished he would never come face to face with the accused.

The family said they were informed about the award on Sunday. “A few officials from the US embassy visited and asked us to give a small note on (Nirbhaya). We gave it to them but at that time we did not really know what it was about,” said Nirbhaya’s father. “On Tuesday morning, we started getting calls from relatives and reporters who informed us of the award. Later in the afternoon the embassy officials spoke to us saying the award will be given in Delhi,” the father added. “A lot of unknown people come and ask us about her, media as well. We answer all queries, but it is painful. We go back to the same sadness,” said the father, recounting how two days back an interview got the entire family crying for hours.

The US state department, which has decided to honour Nirbhaya with a posthumous bravery award, said the courageous 23-year-old physiotherapy intern “has become the foundation of a popular movement to end violence against women in India”.

“In the wake of her death…India’s active civil society began advocating heavily for legislation and social programs to stem gender-based violence in all its forms and to ensure higher rape conviction rates and gender-sensitive law enforcement and justice systems. Thanks to these efforts, the Indian government has begun to take action to follow through on those demands,” read a citation released for the award.

Nirbhaya’s family will receive the award in Delhi while a statement prepared by them will be read out at Friday’s awards ceremony in the US. The Department of State’s International Women of Courage Award annually recognizes women around the globe who have shown exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for women’s rights and empowerment, often at great personal risk. Since the inception of this award in 2007, the Department of State has honoured 67 women from 45 countries.

The awardees for 2013 besides Nirbhaya are Malalai Bahaduri, first sergeant, Afghan National Interdiction Unit (Afghanistan); Samira Ibrahim, coordinator, Know Your Rights (Egypt); Julieta Castellanos, rector, National Autonomous University of Honduras (Honduras); Josephine Obiajulu Odumakin, president, Campaign for Democracy (Nigeria); Elena Milashina, journalist, human rights activist (Russia); Fartuun Adan, executive director, Elman Peace and Human Rights Centre (Somalia); Tsering Woeser (Wei Se), Tibetan author, poet, blogger (China); Razan Zeitunah, human rights lawyer and founder, Local Coordination Committees (Syria) and Ta Phong Tan, blogger (Vietnam).

The last three awardees will also not be able to receive the award in person at the ceremony at the state department where first lady Michelle Obama will recognize the 10. Following the award ceremony, the honorees will travel separately to cities across the United States to engage with the American people through an international visitor leadership program. They will visit Indianapolis, Jackson Hole, Portland, San Francisco, and Tampa. The women will reconvene in San Diego to reflect on their visit and discuss ways to work together to improve the lives of women and girls around the world.

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newwavefeminism:

brokebeautifulandfabulous:

dglsplsblg:

And good morning world.

YES TO ALL OF THIS!!!!!!!!

Yes to young black girls in America being able to play dress up as the first lady for the first time ever. YES

LOVE THIS! :)

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sesamestreet:

Big Bird visited the First Lady at the White House to help encourage kids to eat healthy and get active. Here is a new PSA!

P021213CK-0027 by The White House on Flickr.

FLOTUS’s new official portrait! :)

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 8, 2013

 

Statement by the President on the Lunar New Year

 

Michelle and I send our warmest wishes to all those who will be celebrating the Lunar New Year this Sunday, February 10th.  Here in America and around the world, people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent will welcome the Year of the Snake.  In Chinese tradition, the snake represents wisdom, and a thoughtful approach to tackling the challenges before us – principles that I hope will continue to guide us as we perfect our union and create a more just and equal future for every American.  Our challenges may be great, but our diversity and the traditions that thrive here give us the strength to meet them.  To everyone celebrating the Lunar New Year, I wish you peace, prosperity and good health and fortune.

 

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She is most definitely the Best FLOTUS Ever.

joebidenlookingatstuff:

I love everything about this.

Me too.

The focus on this first lady’s posterior has historical antecedents. It reaches back to the imagery of Hottentot Venus, a woman from what is now South Africa whose naked body and pronounced posterior were paraded in shows throughout 19th-century Europe. On to the selling and trading of black women’s bodies through slavery. In modern times, black women’s figures continue to be up for public discussion in ways that are celebratory (see: “Brick House” by The Commodores) and insulting.

The President, First Lady, and Bo make an unannounced appearance in the Blue Room to greet visitors during a public tour of the White House.

The Post’s treatment of feminism and Michelle Obama has more B.S. than intersectionality. The obfuscations abound. First, there is this odd aside to “feminist Americans” later placed in opposition to “black feminists.” It is unclear who the former is but it is particularly clear who the latter is not: black feminists are not mainstream feminists. This treatment of feminism sets up the premise that Michelle Obama may be living some black feminist fantasy but she has not ascended to acceptable “feminist American” ideals. The idea of being a “mom-in-chief” is apparently antithetical to acceptable choices that feminist Americans make. I do not want to pile on the writer. Frankly, her artlessness only reveals what many believe. Her problem is not that she has said that Michelle Obama is failing at feminism; it’s that she did not obscure that belief in the elitism that Slaughter so casually tosses about her “having it all” thesis.

Black feminists have been fighting this fight for a long time. The tension is grounded in the relative position to power that the Anne Marie Slaughters of the world have enjoyed by their proximity to white men. But Michelle turns that equation on its head. She is as close to power as any white woman has ever been. She is making choices afforded to her by the role of First Lady. That her choice is to work in the home rather than the workforce is only revolutionary because she is black. Every white First Lady has made the same decision. They were chided but they were not unilaterally cast as feminist failures. Neither was feminism constructed as “feminist Americans” versus black feminists to deconstruct the choices of white First Ladies. I do not recall a single instance of mainstream reporting on the black feminist response to Hillary Clinton as she reshaped the role of First Lady. Why, then, is it salient now?

Well, we know why, of course. We cannot reconcile Michelle Obama in the feminist imaginary anymore than we have been able to reconcile the reality of black women or poor women or immigrant women or trans women or any non-middle class white woman with “feminist Americans.” No matter how you define it, black women have always worked. Our bodies were literally constructed through enslavement as work units and modes of production. Our reproduction was a capitalist endeavor in labor production. If no black woman ever again works in the paid labor force in any position ever again ever, we are all rightful heirs to feminism by virtue of our lived historical experience in the U.S. Black women do not have to earn feminism. If anything, feminism should be earning black women. Even if we put aside the issues of terming motherhood as non-work as compatible with feminism (which it is not), the idea that someone who has come through black women, as has Michelle Obama, would need to prove her feminist bona fides to “feminist Americans” is ahistorical and disingenuous.

It is also why “having it all” debates hold very little appeal for me.

—Tressie McMillan Cottom, “Washington Post and ‘Feminist Americans’ Won’t Let Michelle Obama Have It All,” The Feminist Wire 1/20/13 (via racialicious)

“If no black woman ever again works in the paid labor force in any position ever again ever, we are all rightful heirs to feminism by virtue of our lived historical experience in the U.S. Black women do not have to earn feminism. If anything, feminism should be earning black women.”

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Yeah, let me give you that one mo ‘gin—

“If no black woman ever again works in the paid labor force in any position ever again ever, we are all rightful heirs to feminism by virtue of our lived historical experience in the U.S. Black women do not have to earn feminism. If anything, feminism should be earning black women.”

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cognitivedissonance:

stfuconservatives:


comeacrossthisline:


THE SHADE.


The greatest gif of today, and possibly of 2013: FLOTUS rolling her eyes at John Boehner. (Republicans crying about her being “disrespectful” in 3…2…)


So much love for this.

My feelings exactly towards John of Orange!

cognitivedissonance:

stfuconservatives:

comeacrossthisline:

THE SHADE.

The greatest gif of today, and possibly of 2013: FLOTUS rolling her eyes at John Boehner. (Republicans crying about her being “disrespectful” in 3…2…)

So much love for this.

My feelings exactly towards John of Orange!

firstfamily:

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the Commander-In-Chief’s Ball

heidireadsya:

imafreebishbaby:

So much is right and adorable with this.

Kids being kids. Gotta love it.

:)

heidireadsya:

imafreebishbaby:

So much is right and adorable with this.

Kids being kids. Gotta love it.

:)

demnewswire:

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