Michelle Obama may have accomplished a lot as a First Lady in eight years, but she is still judged by the color of her skin by some Americans.
Obama spoke at the Women’s Foundation of Colorado’s 30th anniversary celebration, where she addressed the hurdles she had to overcome as the country’s first black first lady.
Lauren Casteel, WFCO President and CEO, asked Obama what “falling glass” cut the deepest after breaking the glass ceiling of race in the White House.
“The shards that cut me the deepest were the ones that intended to cut,” she said, according to the Denver Post. “Knowing that after eight years of working really hard for this country, there are still people who won’t see me for what I am because of my skin color.”
She also said being a woman gives her innate resilience, despite constantly being knocked down.
“Women, we endure those cuts in so many ways that we don’t even notice we’re cut,” she added. “We are living with small tiny cuts, and we are bleeding every single day. And we’re still getting up.”
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Obama repeated that she would not be seeking public office but would help the nation in other ways.
“Public service and engagement will be a part of my life and my husband’s life forever,” she told the crowd of 8,500.