Lean in? That sh-t doesn't work all the time: Michelle Obama

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 WORDS OF WISDOM Michelle Obama has shared her advice for Meghan Markle

Former first lady Michelle Obama offered some words of wisdom for Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, in an interview in the January issue of Good Housekeeping.

"That whole 'So you can have it all.' Nope, not at the same time", Obama, who was promoting her own book Becoming, said.

"Marriage still ain't equal, y'all", she said, according to Vanity Fair."It ain't equal".

She continued: "Overall, we are not seeing a major increase in female leadership in any industry or in any government in the world, and I think that's a shame". Although the girls spent their teenage years in the White House, Michelle points out that they still faced numerous same experiences she did growing up.

Obama was quick to apologise, saying she forgot where she was for a moment.

While she is keenly aware of the trials and tribulations teenage girls face, she believes young women today have more advantages. The impressive list of moderators includes Oprah, Tracee Ellis Ross, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, former senior adviser to President Obama Valerie Jarrett, and more.

While the Obamas have a seemingly ideal marriage, the forever FLOTUS admitted it takes hard work to keep it going.

Obama is promoting her new book, Becoming, which sold two million copies in the United States and Canada in just 15 days.

The former US First Lady was speaking at the Royal Festival Hall for a sold-out event that tens of thousands of people had tried to get tickets for. Malia and I were talking recently about all the little things we'd stress over in junior high and high school - whether we're wearing the right clothes, a snarky comment somebody made about us, the boys we crushed on, and on and on and on, ' Michelle explained.

Seeing as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their first child together in the spring of 2019, Meghan may welcome Obama's advice about taking time for herself away from the public eye amid the royal baby craziness. I share that with you because we all have doubts in our abilities, about our power and what that power is.

Her marriage and her family, from our outside perspective, are beyond enviable.

"And so then it's time to go to marriage counselling". Marriage is a lot of work, and it should be.

She also spoke of the importance of building support systems.

She told her rapt audience of 300 secondary school girls that her feelings of self-doubt had remained with her since childhood.

"It did not really sink in that it was her", 11-year-old Emma said.

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