Michelle Obama Says Her Husband Identifies With Women Who 'Are Not Treated Well in the Workplace'

January 27, 2012 - 10:49 AM

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First Lady Michelle Obama speaks at a Latin grocery store in Tampa, Fla., on Jan. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

(CNSNews.com) - During a daylong fundraising sweep in Florida, First Lady Michelle Obama told a crowd at a Palm Beach mansion that her husband "knows what it means when women are not treated well in the workplace."

The Palm Beach Post quoted Mrs. Obama as saying that Barack was raised by a single mother, Ann Dunham, who rode the bus to the bank where she worked. "She hit the glass ceiling. For him, this is not abstract or hypothetical."

The president, however, is married to a woman who has been very successful in the workplace: After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1988, Michelle Obama joined a Chicago law firm.

According to the White House Web site, Michelle Obama "decided her true calling was working with people to serve their communities and their neighbors. She served as assistant commissioner of planning and development in Chicago's City Hall before becoming the founding executive director of the Chicago chapter of Public Allies, an AmeriCorps program that prepares youth for public service."

In 1996, Mrs. Obama joined the University of Chicago where she worked as associate dean of student services. From there, she went from there to a job as vice president of community and external affairs for the University of Chicago Medical Center.

As CNSNews.com previously reported, Mrs. Obama told a fundraiser in Providence, R.I., last year that a bank where Barack Obama’s grandmother (not mother) had worked discriminated against her for nearly two decades “because she was a woman.”

However, the Washington Post reported that Obama’s grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, became the first female vice president of the Bank of Hawaii.

Meanwhile, Barack and Michelle Obamas’ 2009 tax return indicates the Obamas inherited almost $500,000 worth of the bank’s stock from the president’s grandmother.