The Tablet Jr. > March 2022

By John Cross , Grade 7

John CrossThroughout history, there have been many extraordinary things that women have done. Many people would consider some of these women valiant. Valiant means brave, courageous, intelligent, finest human quality, which shows how amazing these women were. These women also had terrific stories that more people needed to hear.

One well-known and valiant woman is Michelle Obama. She is known as a compelling role model, being married to the 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama. She has been a role model by advocating for healthy families, service members and their families, higher education, and international adolescent girls’ education. In 2010 she launched a program named Let’s Move! This program helps with childhood obesity. It allows children to exercise more, eat healthier and give schools healthy foods. Throughout 2011 and 2014, she launched two more programs named Joining Forces and Reach Higher Initiative. Mrs. Obama and current first lady Jill Biden created this program to help service members, veterans, and their families and support them through wellness, education, and employment opportunities. The other program that Mrs. Obama created was the Reach Higher Initiative program. This program helped inspire young kids just out of high school across America to take charge of their future by completing their education past high school, whether at a professional training program, a community college, or a four-year college or university.

Another well-known valiant woman was also first lady Jacqueline Kennedy. She was married to John F. Kennedy, who took office in 1963. While touring the White House as a child, she thought that there was not enough information for the visitors and there was not a lot of historical furnishings on display. When she became the First Lady, she wanted it to become “the most perfect house in the United States.” When Mrs. Kennedy found out that some historic buildings were going to be destroyed for new offices, she told them no and said to leave them untouched. She also had a great interest in other cultures. She went to many of her husband’s trips, such as France, Austria, the United Kingdom, Venezuela, Mexico, and she loved hearing the languages spoken and the food and she was a popular ambassador around the world.

As you may see these two women show how they are not only valiant but brave and their role models. They have helped many other people and quite possibly could have changed their lives. Even though it may be tough, these women are the type of women you would want to look up to and try to be like.