Malia Obama, the oldest daughter of former President Barack Obama, has garnered admiration from women young to old. Just days after her father’s former presidency, Malia was spotted at the Sundance Film Festival, where she joined a protest. Following in her parents footsteps, grassroots activism isn’t abnormal in The Obama legacy. 

However, no major media outlets reported in Malia’s attendance until she was praised by activist and actress, Shaliene Woodley who mentioned her in an interview with DemocracyNow.org

“It was amazing to see Malia, to witness a human being and a woman coming in to her own outside of her family and outside of the attachments that this country has on her, but someone who’s willing to participate in democracy because she chooses to,” Woodley said. “Because she recognizes, regardless of her last name, that if she doesn’t participate in democracy, there will be no world for her future children.”

The Dakota Pipeline at Standing Rock is in the spotlight again, due to President Trump signing an executive order to build an oil pipeline through sacred Indian territory. An order that was originally stopped by former President Obama. Malia left her family on a Caribbean vacation to attend the festival. 

Although, she is taking a year off before beginning school, Malia will be interning with the Weinstein Company this year. She will begin her studies in the Fall at Harvard University. 

Ms. Kerri L. Hill