Thursday, August 20, 2009

First Lady Makes Forbes Magazine 100 Most Powerful Women

It's another first for this First Lady. Michelle Obama made her debut Wednesday on Forbes magazine's annual list of the world's 100 most powerful women, taking the 40th spot.

"Not only is she a First Lady, she's the first African-American First Lady and that accords her a certain amount of power," said Heidi Brown, a ForbesWoman staffer who helped compile the list.

When ranking the women, Brown said they take into consideration how much attention a candidate gathers - and Michele Obama is a media magnet.

"She's done a lot to get her message out," Brown said. "She's been effective at reaching out not only to the media, but to regular people as well."

Two years ago, then-First Lady Laura Bush was 60th on the Forbes list.

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By Corky Siemaszko