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The Power of Michelle Obama

Where will our suddenly iconic First Lady come to fit in the pantheon of powerful women? Joseph O’Neill, Edwidge Danticat, Jennifer Senior, Caitlin Flanagan, Thomas Mallon, and others on the meaning of a new American symbol.

Illustration by Gluekit for New York Magazine
(Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The Meanings of an Icon
The First Couple's Sexual Politics
From ‘Militant’ to ‘Princess’
Extending the Obama Brand
Her Body, Ourselves
The Hero’s Foil
About Face
Good White House Keeping
Why She Left Her Law Firm
A Timeline of Michelle's Life