The First Lady of the United States — no matter who she may be — is subject to a ton of public scrutiny. And historically, a lot of that scrutiny unfortunately has to do with her wardrobe. Michelle Obama just opened up about the clothes-related double standard she faced during her time in the White House, and to this we can only say: So. Much. Yes.
Specifically, our former FLOTUS compared the attention she received regarding her clothes to that of her husband, President Obama, at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference.
Mrs. Obama is calling out the fact that women in the public eye can’t so much as wear the same shirt more than once, yet men are allowed (and even expected) to wear the same thing again and again. This forces women to spend tons of time on the nuances and details of how they look so that they aren’t judged “unfavorably” by the public. Heaven forbid a first lady, female politician, or female celebrity where the same outfit to every event, because she’s be eviscerated by the press.
We thank Mrs. Obama for speaking up on this issue — because the more sexist double standards are highlighted, the more we can work to eradicate them.