A Woman On the Brink of History

1964

Born Michelle LaVaughn Robinson on Jan. 17 in Chicago

1981

Graduates from Whitney M. Young Magnet High School

1985

Graduates from Princeton University

1988

Graduates from Harvard Law School

1988

Goes to work for corporate law firm Sidley & Austin, where clients include Barney and Coors beer

1989

Begins dating Barack Obama

1991

Fraser Robinson, Michelle's father, dies

1991

Leaves her law firm to work as an assistant to the mayor of Chicago

1992

Marries Barack Obama

1993

Becomes executive director of the nonprofit Public Allies

1996

Becomes associate dean of student services at the University of Chicago

1998

Daughter Malia is born

2001

Daughter Natasha (Sasha) is born

2002

Becomes executive director for community affairs at University of Chicago Hospitals

2004

Barack Obama delivers the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention and wins a seat in the U.S. Senate

2005

Promoted to vice president for community and external affairs at University of Chicago Hospitals

2007

Barack Obama announces he will seek the Democratic nomination for president

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