Michelle Obama, former first lady and the Stacy Abrams of Georgia close guber race, are a topic of discussion for women in Atlanta who aspire to power.
They may have different styles with Michelle being more conservative and Stacy brasher. But they have both have experienced what it means to be in power. The possibilities and drawbacks that the women have faced are reflected in the lives of those who shared their experiences at the book clubs and discussions around the city.
At some point in the duo’s lives, their ability to succeed has been questioned. And Obama, who was able to win over white democratic establishments was sometimes shaken by some experiences that ridiculed and attacked her. There was a sharp contrast between the two women in how they handled situations, how Obama’s disposition was to be more conservative while Adams was a lot more without the handbrakes in her utterances.
Mrs. Obama’s “Becoming” can and is influential to how black women perceive themselves in their struggle for power. Abrams loss at the pool, however, gives hope that someday, in the nearest future, victory could be achieved.
At a time when black women need representation in the corridors of power, these two women stand out, one who is able to mingle while she has her say and the other who will have her say anyway. Black women need not appear weak, angry, aggressive mean nasty, etc.
The fact that the system is rigged against black people but there is a feeling that black women will be comfortable with how things used to be.