I have been enchanted with Michelle Obama, her open personality, her charming affection for her husband, her vivid interest in her children and all children, her intelligence, her professional usefulness, her steadiness. An unusually agile and secure wife of a president, she reminds me that there has been a marked rise in the number of quality women running departments and companies and in politics and in the number of women in colleges and universities.
This year there were women Nobel Prize winners in science and medicine. Dr. Ada Yonath of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel shared the prize with two males for studies of structure and function of the Ribosome – very difficult and very impressive. Elizabeth Blackburn of Tasmania and also Carol Greider won in the same category for the discovery of the telomerase enzyme. These are major achievements and it did my heart good to read about them. Women are taking their place and the world will surely be better for it.