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Here’s a good story in Essence about how Sasha and Malia Obama are vecoming excellent role models for young black women.

“From a child’s perspective, it seemed like an almost inaccessible place for children of color,” says McLean. “The fact that there are now beautiful, strong, bright, young ladies being reared in the White House is a very powerful thing.”

Without any official data, McLean believes that the First Daughters are allowing Black girls to see themselves differently—as girls who can have hobbies, contribute back to their communities, are confident and comfortable with the way they look, eventually allowing girls around the country to become well-rounded women. If President Obama should serve two-terms, the long-term influence of his daughters could indeed have amazing results.

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