Michelle LaVaughn Robinson was born in 1964 in Chicago. Her father was a city water plant employee, and her mother was a stay-at-home mom until Michelle was in high school, when she took a job as a secretary for a clothing company. She has one brother, Craig Robinson, two years older than herself.
Michelle graduated from high school in 1981 as salutatorian of her class. Like her older brother, she received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University. She majored in sociology, with a minor in African American studies. After graduating from Princeton, she went on Harvard Law School. After completing law school in 1988, she returned to Chicago to work at Sidley Austin law firm, where she met her future husband Barack Obama. They were married in 1992. Michelle Obama and her husband have two daughters: Malia, born in 1998, and Sasha, born in 2001.
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