The former First Lady was speaking to author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie about her autobiography Becoming at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall when Adichie made a vague reference to the current political situation in the United States, without referring to President Donald Trump by name.
In a widely read 2012 essay in The Atlantic titled "Why Women Still Can't Have It All", Anne-Marie Slaughter wrote of the impossible situations many women confront as they try to balance career and family.
"My parents saw this flame in me. They kept my flame lit - even though some people put that flame out or douse it because were scared they may not be ladylike".
"To have that flame lit in a girl you need to let that flame speak accordingly and learn how to use it". The concept is linked to the ambitious idea that women, as long as they try, can be successful at home and at work.
"We were expected to be excellent, it wasn't just from my mother and father".
"A lot of the reason I share this is that I know that people look to me and Barack as the ideal relationship", she said.
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She referred to the negative attention she received as First Lady and on the campaign trail. But that didn't mean they were not highly intelligent and that's often the mistake that we make - that working class folk are not highly gifted when a lot of times your situation in life is limited by circumstances you find yourself in.
"I love my husband and we have a great marriage and had a great marriage but a marriage is hard work", she emphasized".
'I'd walk away from those events so hopeful. "It's all rubbish, just get in". You're going to be okay. You give me a sense of comfort because being first lady wasn't the easiest job in the world but I got strength from you, so thank you all for that, thanks for giving me that'. My brother would have these fire drills where he would drag my father across the floor and he would allow it because he knew - it was amusing - he would say "pull faster, hurry up". But that's how we were always thinking that you have to have a plan.
"Some of my first pricks came from women journalists who accused me of emasculating my husband..." He was proud and didn't believe in doctors. To get a Harvard law degree, I was in debt.
"In terms of women in leadership roles, we are not better off", she said, noting that women occupied less than 6 percent of Fortune 500 CEO jobs and their global equivalents, and the number of countries run by women had decreased.
Billed as "An evening with Michelle Obama", the event was marked by much wit, humour and frankness about her upbringing ("we discussed sex at the dinner table"), and issues such as "demons" in her mind about not being good enough, her informal encounter with Queen Elizabeth, and marital problems ("trying to melt two lives together, that is hard").