Michelle Obama listens to her husband's nomination speech at the Democratic National Convention in August 2008.
In January, Michelle Obama will make history as the nation's first black First Lady. But Obama, an Ivy-League educated attorney, is a symbol in her own right. She gave up a lucrative career as a hospital executive to join her husband, President-elect Barack Obama, on the campaign trail.
As Mrs. Obama prepares for her own White House transition, working mothers are watching to see what legacy she will leave on a historic presidency.
"Michelle Obama is certainly going to be the most high-profile woman, black woman, who's ever gotten to do this, and it's going to be wonderful for the country to see her do it," says Jolene Ivey, co-founder Mocah Moms for stay-at-home moms of color.
Leslie Morgan Steiner, who is white, notes the
Ivey herself left a career in journalism herself to raise five children before being elected to the Maryland House of Delegates.
Host Michel Martin, in this special collaboration with the online magazine, The Root, speaks to four accomplished mothers for their views — Jolene Ivey, co-founder of the Mocha Moms; Leslie Morgan Steiner, editor of Mommy Wars; author Rebecca Walker and Anna Perez, former press secretary to First Lady Barbara Bush.