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آخر تحديث:  الخميس، 26 مايو/ أيار، 2011، 17:51 GMT

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Today we are talking about the perils of being a first lady!

First Lady of the United States is an official position given to the wife of the president of the United States.

The current First Lady is Michelle Obama, the wife of the US president Barack Obama.

A First Lady is given an office and her own staff to carry out various duties such as charity and social work.

However there is a lot of pressure on the first lady wherever she goes.

The media will always look at her dress, what she says and what she does.

And comparisons will always be made between her and other women she is meeting.

This week, President Obama and his wife were in the UK on an official state visit where they also visited Prince William and his new bride, Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge.

Lots of pictures were taken of the First Lady and Kate Middleton, comparing their dresses and fashion styles.

Even though Michelle has degrees from two of the top universities in the US, once she became the First Lady, the media focuses more on what she wears than what she knows!

Fiona Miller was a former aide to Prime Minister Tony Blair’s wife Cherie.

She was often criticised by the British media for her behaviour and dress sense. Millar thinks society has a very confused view of what it means to be a female role model like the wife of a President or Prime Minister:

She told the BBC that she thinks society is quite conflicted about what to expect from women role models.

“It wants girls to be well educated, go to university, get professions like their male counterparts and their brothers, and then if they marry the Prime Minister we expect them to give it all up, and look like a clothes horse.”

But some people feel that this is to do with females more than the position that the wife holds as First Lady.

Sheila Gunn, who was an advisor to the former British Prime Minister John Major, said that nobody takes too much notice when the spouse of the leader is a male.

She gave examples of Dennis Thatcher, the husband of Margaret Thatcher and the husband of Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor and how the media rarely commented on what they wore.

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