In addition to having been first lady of the United States, Michelle Obama has also authored multiple books, including last year's "The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times."
One woman recently announced that she has been inspired by Mrs. Obama's work to come out with a book of her own. However, it may be something the former first lady would rather not take credit for.
Iran International is a Persian language news television channel, and it reported this past weekend that the wife of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said she has been asked to write something "in rebuttal" to "The Light We Carry."
"They asked me to write a book similar to this one," Jamileh Alamolhoda was quoted as saying. "I read the book, and it was very beautiful, captivating, and influential."
"I even showed some parts of it to the president, and he said that writing a book in this field is the right thing to do," she added.
Yet while Mrs. Obama has long claimed to fight for the empowerment of women, Alamolhoda adheres to a very different set of values.
That became evident late last year after female-led demonstrations engulfed much of the Islamic Republic over laws that require women to cover their heads while out in public.
These women in #Iran’s northern city of Sari are dancing and burning their headscarves… anti-regime protests have now spread to dozens of cities from north to south, east to west… all triggered by the death of #MahsaAmini while in the custody of Iran’s morality police. pic.twitter.com/BBDvgC5L1w
— Rana Rahimpour (@ranarahimpour) September 20, 2022
Mrs. Obama was quick to voice support for demonstrators, tweeting, "Today, I'm proud to stand with so many around the world in solidarity with the courageous women and girls in Iran. Your protests have inspired us."
That represents a very different message than the one Alamolhoda conveyed when she sat down for an interview with Newsweek last fall.
Alamolhoda slammed the feminist movement as being "inclined toward violence" before adding that "women in Iran prefer tranquility rather than being exposed to violence through the feminist approach."
"Women in Iran have not fought for their rights because they already enjoy their rights and that is due to the preservation of their dignity in society by men," Alamolhoda insisted.