Michelle Obama Believes 'Leaning In' Does Not Always Work

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Former first lady Michelle Obama (left) talks with poet Elizabeth Alexander during an event for her memoir at Barclays Center on Saturday in Brooklyn, New York.

Michelle Obama, the former USA first lady, has said she still feels imposter syndrome despite her eight years as America's most powerful woman and her success as an advocate for women and girls across the world. While chatting with Good Housekeeping magazine, the activist and author said: "Like me, Meghan probably never dreamt that she'd have a life like this, and the pressure you feel - from yourself and from others - can sometimes feel like a lot".

"I thought we were at home, y'all", she said, according to Fox News.

Obama's memoir is filled with other moments of honesty for which she's being praised, particularly with respect to how much her words of truth have the power to help other women.

"Tattoo it on my body!" one Twitter user wrote about Obama's words.

However, she told USA Today in 2017 that there were issues with her approach and women were not "better off" four years after the release of her book.

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Michelle Obama said that the "lean in' approach for women in the workplace, advocated for by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, isn't always enough for women. Finally", tweeted one person.

Cell phone cameras were rolling as she realized what she'd said.

Perhaps Sandberg should take Obama's advice to heart and lean out for a bit.

In 2017, Sandberg herself acknowledged that her book was not as effective in changing workplace culture and inequality as she had hoped it would be, stating: "We are stuck at less than 6 percent of the Fortune 500 CEO jobs and their equivalent in nearly every country in the world". Just days after saying "I do" to Prince Harry at St. George's Chapel, she made her first public appearance at a Garden Party in honor of Prince Charles' birthday. It spawned a nonprofit bearing the same name founded by Sandberg and hundreds of "Lean In" circles, groups of women who meet regularly to discuss Sandberg's advice. "I think it's okay - it's good, even - to do that", Obama shared. "And I'm like, duh, marriage is hard, it is hard".

But some people took offense to Obama's unintentional cursing, calling her "classless".

However, the unbelievable Michelle Obama has given Meghan some pretty incredible advice.