談到成功女性，很容易令人想起前美國第一夫人 Michelle Obama。在背後默默支持 Obama 當上了 8 年的美國總統，推動公益，為女性爭取權益，是成功女性典範。而這 8 年間，Michelle Obama 亦多次於公開演講中，發表了充滿智慧、具啟發性的勵志格言，能夠說出如此有力量的說話，不只是學歷，更是充滿閱歷，大概這就是時代成功女性應要俱備的。她行事低調，不少人卻留意到她的時尚品味，或是她的幽默風趣，是讓大家想學習的原因。
"When someone is cruel or acts like a bully, you don't stoop to their level. No, our is, when they go low, we go high."
"Every day, you have the power to choose our better history — by opening your hearts and minds, by speaking up for what you know is right."
"Don't ever make decisions based on fear. Make decisions based on hope and possibility. Make decisions based on what should happen, not what shouldn't."
"No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half its citizens.
"I am an example of what is possible when girls from the very beginning of their lives are loved and nurtured by people around them."
"When girls are educated, their countries become stronger and more prosperous."
"Let us not forget: I didn't just wake up First Lady... I mean, I went to law school, I practised law, I worked for the city, I ran a (and) I was an executive at a hospital. I've been in the world. I've worked in every sector, and you don't do that without coming up against some stuff. You know, having your feelings hurt, having people say things about you that aren't true… Life hits you, so over the course of living, you learn how to protect yourself in it. You learn to take in what you need and get rid of the stuff that's clearly not true."
"Success is only meaningful and enjoyable if it feels like your own."
"We're so afraid of each other... Colour, wealth, these things that don't really matter still play too much of a role in how we see one another. And it's sad, because the thing that least defines us is the colour of our skin."
"If my future were determined just by my performance on a standardised test, I wouldn't be here. I guarantee you that."
"Being president doesn't change who you are – it reveals who you are."
"Barack and I were both raised by families who didn't have much in the way of money or material possessions but who had given us something far more valuable – their unconditional love, their unflinching sacrifice, and the chance to go places they had never imagined for themselves."
"My most important title is "mom-in-chief". My daughters are still the heart of my heart and the centre of my world."
"Strong men, men who are truly role models, don't need to put down women to make themselves feel powerful."
"With every word we utter, with every action we take, we know our kids are watching us. We as parents, are their most important role models."
"You cannot take your freedoms for granted. Just like generations who have come before you, you have to do your part to preserve and protect those freedoms... you need to be preparing yourself to add your voice to our national conversation."
"If we want maturity, we have to be mature. If we want a nation that feels hopeful, then we have to speak in hopeful terms… We have to model what we want."
"There are still many causes worth sacrificing for, so much history yet to be made."
我每天都在一間由奴隸建造的房子中醒來，看著我兩個女兒 - 聰慧美麗的黑人少女在白宮的草地玩狗。
"I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves. And I watch my daughters, two beautiful, intelligent, black young women playing with their dogs on the White House lawn."
"When you've worked hard, and done well, and walked through that doorway of opportunity, you do not slam it shut behind you. You reach back and you give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed."