The year her husband was elected to the United States Senate, her salary nearly tripled, going from $122,000 to $317,000. Hospital officials have said the 2004 raise put her salary in line with those of its other vice presidents.
During the campaign, she often held round-table discussions and talked easily from firsthand knowledge about the stresses of balancing motherhood and work.
In a conversation with working mothers after visiting the day-care program at the University of South Carolina, Obama bemoaned a system that does not give full support to working moms.
"Being an outstanding mother should not be at the expense of being a good employee," she said. "Part time is a total scam, because part time is full time with less money. And you're labeled as a part-time person, and you still need child care! These are the realities of being a woman today, and that's been a frustration to me."