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5 of the Most Powerful Women in U.S. Politics

The creme de la creme among Washington’s power elite


Michelle Obama

As First Lady, Michelle Obama has the ear of arguably the most powerful man in America, Barack Obama. And like many First Ladies who have come before her, Michelle Obama has chosen several causes near and dear to her to support. She has worked to increase the visibility of the sacrifices that many military families make — particularly when military members are assigned tours of duty far from where their families reside — and to increase support for those families.

Like Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, Michelle Obama has supported the organic food movement by planting an organic garden and installing bee hives on the White House grounds. Her garden is the first one planted by a First Lady since Eleanor Roosevelt.

But perhaps her most visible cause as First Lady has been tackling childhood obesity through the “Let’s Move!” program. Michelle Obama has appeared on TV shows such as The Colbert Report and The Ellen DeGeneres Show to promote these issues.

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