Michelle Obama Makes First Public Appearance Since Moving Into White House

03/02/2009 03:09 pm 15:09:46 | Updated May 25, 2011

Michelle Obama stepped into the public-policy spotlight as first lady for the first time on Thursday, hailing a new law that will give women greater power to challenge sex discrimination in the workplace.

Standing below a portrait of Lincoln in the State Dining Room of the White House, Mrs. Obama described pay equity as "a top and critical priority for women of all racial and ethnic backgrounds, older women, younger women, women with disabilities and their families.''

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