Only the Bestrogen

From The New York Times:

WASHINGTON — Michelle Obama left the glittering splendor of the White House on Thursday to visit one of the poorest neighborhoods in the capital to push, prod and inspire struggling high school students.

Her visit to a public school was the start of a star-studded career day organized by Mrs. Obama, who said she had long dreamed of gathering an “amazing group of women” to talk to young people.

On Thursday, the first lady and 21 other women — including the singers Sheryl Crow and Alicia Keys; the former astronaut Mae C. Jemison; Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody of the Army, the first female four-star general; the actor Alfre Woodard and the makeup maven Bobbi Brown — scattered to public and private schools across the region in honor of Women’s History Month.

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From The Washington Post:

First lady Michelle Obama and 21 other megawatt stars, billionaires, actresses, philanthropists and businesswomen met at the White House yesterday morning, where Obama told them their task was to go out to schools and share their life stories — real stories and real challenges — with students across the Washington area, and “make the kids understand where we stand is not an impossibility.”


Actresses hugged singers. And singers hugged actresses. There was Sheryl Crow in black jeans and black platforms chatting with WNBA star Lisa Leslie. Across the room, actress and choreographer Debbie Allen, in a white baseball cap, was talking with actress Alfre Woodard. Near the back, actress Phylicia Rashad spoke with Olympic medalist Dominique Dawes.

Singer Alicia Keys, in jeans and a blazer with broad blue stripes, stood in front of an oil painting of George Washington, talking with actress Fran Drescher. Oscar nominee Woodard helped cosmetics company founder Bobbi Brown with her earring.


Obama told those assembled that she had long envisioned an event like this, for which she would bring accomplished women together on one day to go to schools in the region and talk to kids — girls especially — to inspire them, to help them reach their goals. To dream big. To work hard.

Her office said planning for this event began in February to time it with Women’s History Month.


“The D.C. community, many of these schools need to see us,” [Obama] said. ” . . . Even though they’ve got this wonderful image of the White House, they need to be reminded that we are — we’re close, this isn’t a distant relationship; that they can imagine the people who live here and what goes on here, and that there’s a close connection between their lives and ours.”


Keys went to Dunbar High School with Gen. Ann Dunwoody, who broke the “brass ceiling” as the first woman to attain the rank of four-star general in the U.S. military.


The first lady headed in a black limousine to Anacostia High School, in a neighborhood that has been the scene of much violence over the years.


Later, the first lady hosted a dinner for 110 girls from local high schools as well for the luminaries, who were seated among the students. Deep purple flowers sat in shallow vases on the tables. Crow and Keys were both set to perform later in the evening. The first lady took the stage and spoke of all the firsts sitting in the room: the first woman to dunk a basketball in the WNBA, the first woman of color to go into space.

“The first African American woman to be the ambassador to the United Nations [Susan Rice]. And then there’s me, the first lady,” Obama said. “As I look around the room into the faces of the young women who joined us today, I can’t help but wonder who among us will be the next first.”


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22 responses to “Only the Bestrogen

  1. Ram Venkatararam

    Very nice story. It would be great if they could keep it going.

    • and it would be nice if that could be done all across the country. celebs (and by celeb, i mean actors, artists, politicians, athletes, authors, businesspeople, etc.) have all the time in the world to promote their latest movie or book or concert, so, hopefully, they can find time to visit schools and tell kids that they can succeed, too, if they don’t give up.

  2. Jenn/jlms qkw

    rock on with estrogen! w00t!

    see – you are creative with good news too!

  3. Got a Grip

    nons, I’m going to see my little people this week so I won’t be around. But don’t worry, I’ll be back. You might need some help in case Buffy shows up to get his head smacked around….. 😉

    • gotta,
      have a wonderful time with the small ones, and give them a hug from their aunt nonster. 😉 drive carefully and come back safe.

      hopefully nightowl will reappear if buffy gets out of control. if not, maybe fotc will be here to snark him into behaving himself.

  4. Hey now, Laura Bush did her share of female networking. She joined with such luminaries as her mother-in-law, Sarah Palin, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Ann Coulter and Michelle Malkin in the all-woman consortium called, “Let Them Eat Cake.”

    • but, karen, she had taken so much valium that she doesn’t remember any of it.

      • I think Valium was probably her gateway drug.
        After 8 years in the national spotlight with that idiot husband of hers, I’m sure she was snorting Oxycontin by day and downing Ambien like Skittles by night…with tumblers of straight gin to wash it all down.
        Her eyes weren’t that crazy back when Bush was governor of Texas. Back then, she was just hotboxing Newports and drinking gallons of Jack n’ Ginger, with an occasional Xanax just to help her chill.

        • can you blame her? her life was probably like a bad chick flick done on the cheap for lifetime. she kills her boyfriend and doesn’t face justice, so she feels the need to punish herself. she meets chimpy and cannot think of worse punishment than being married to him. however, she didn’t foresee barbara antoinette being as evil as she really is. pickles probably wanted to exit the marriage a thousand times, but bar would probably have had her offed. i bet she could drink and pill-pop cindy lou mccain under the table.

  5. kryss

    LOL! Whats good in the hood nonski! Awesome work i’ve been trolling around only to come back to pop the stitches in my side from laughing so hard the last time!! Did you hear about the first lady gonna plant a new garden? Yep her and all the kids are gonna have lots of veggies so the country can grow back big and strong insnt that cool? I guess its gonna be like a commuity garden sort of thing in an effort to make the white house more open and accessible but no beets will be there, i think barry would rather settle for the killer tofu instead! ~_-

    • hey kryssie! welcome back! 🙂

      i love the idea of the veggie garden at the white house. i hope that a lot of the food goes to food banks in the area.

  6. writechicpress

    I did a girl power story today, too, Nonnie. Only not so philanthropic. Mine were trying to learn to skimboard. 🙂

  7. Bravo, Nonnie; viva la hand cramps!