“I’m proud of Michelle for the difference she made in this young woman’s life, and I’m inspired by Sindhu’s story—so I thought I’d share it with you today,” Obama prefaced Sindhu’s letter. (Reuters)
Barack Obama has shared an “inspiring” letter by a 38-year-old Indian-American woman on International Women’s Day, thanking his wife Michelle for making a difference in her life. The former US President shared the letter in its entirety on ‘Medium’: “Read to the end” of the note, he writes, adding “you won’t regret it.” The letter, which was sent to Obama on January, was written by Sindhu who is a feminist and a mother. She had heard Michelle speak in 1996, the Elle.com reported.
“I’m proud of Michelle for the difference she made in this young woman’s life, and I’m inspired by Sindhu’s story—so I thought I’d share it with you today,” Obama prefaced Sindhu’s letter.
“One day in Fall 1996, an idealistic 17-year-old Indian girl was inspired while sitting in a chapel. She didn’t remember the name of the woman who spoke. But she will never forget the fire that was lit to make something of her life, and to use that life to serve others,” she wrote.
She wrote, that week, she signed up to be a volunteer at the hospital and signed up for an after-school programme teaching creative writing and literature for underserved children in the community.
“I later found out that the inspirational powerhouse of a woman who spoke was Michelle Obama. I wanted to say thank you to the both of you. Thank you, Michelle, for helping a vulnerable teenager raised to comply to start to challenge the notion that she was powerless,” Sindhu wrote.
Sindhu further thanks Michelle for teaching by both words and example that the best uses of power and influence are in the service of others and our community.
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“I am now a middle-aged Indian woman who is married to an Indian feminist man and raising a feminist 3-year-old son (whose middle name is Atticus and who thinks he is actually Thomas the train.) They are amazing, she adds.
“The ways in which you have impacted the world have left me expecting so much more from our world. And I know that this is not an expectation I can have without being part of that change. The events from this week, this amazing women’s march, echoed globally that the expectations I have are not ones I hold in isolation. I want a different world. I need a different world,” Sindhu wrote. The letter ends with the Indian-American woman telling the Obamas that “she’s in” for changing the world for better.