One evening Barack and Michelle Obama went to eat at a restaurant. The owner of the establishment noticed them, and asked the President if he could speak to his wife for a few minutes. President Obama was puzzled, but Michelle told him not to worry. After President Obama had been at his table a few minutes, Michelle returned. “What was that about?” Barack asked. “Oh, the owner was just some one I knew in high school,” Michelle explained. “He was in love with me.” The president laughed. “Imagine that,” he said. “You could have been married to a restaurant owner.” “No,” Michelle responded. “If I had married him, he’d be President.”
Role of Women in Mesopotamia • Considered to be the “property” of either their father or husband. • If a woman had neither, another male relative would own her. • Usually banned from positions of power and influence. • They could go to the Marketplace, own property, and start their own businesses.
"Gracious Ishtar, who rules over the universe,Heroic Ishtar, who creates humankind,who walks before the cattle, who loves the shepherd...Without you the river will not openthe river which brings us life will not be closed,without you the canal will not open,the canal from which the scattered drinkwill not be closed...Where you cast your glance, the dead awaken, the sick arise;The bewildered, beholding your face, find the right way..."