After earning the law degree from Harvard, she went to work for a law firm specializing in intellectual property and then became a Chicago city administrator and a community outreach worker.
She ought to be under consideration for a seat on the Supreme Court, not recruited as a presenter in some Hollywood movie contest.
Last year, in one of the most important initiatives of his administration, President Barack Obama announced a partnership between the United States and 12 other countries to "break down economic and political barriers that stand in the way of women and girls."
The initiative, the Equal Futures Partnership, has been spearheaded by Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett and, until her departure this year, former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton. The effort cries out for Michelle Obama to fill Clinton's shoes.
Back in 2011, the first lady even gave a speech to the National Science Foundation about keeping girls interested in science, technology, engineering and math, the "STEM" disciplines.
These days, however, we're more likely to hear her talk about stems in a White House vegetable garden than about girls excelling in science and math.
Williams and Jones-DeWeever part ways with me on such an assessment. Both believe that the first lady's "Let's Move" exercise and nutrition campaign has been effective in reducing childhood obesity. And they applaud her partnership with Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, to help military families.
As for my view that booty shaking with Fallon and participating in the Academy Awards were frivolities unbecoming to both Michelle Obama and her position as first lady, Williams replied:
"Is there ever a time when a black woman can get away from the heavy lifting of the day?"
How would Parks have answered that? Or Sojourner Truth?
In 2009, Michelle Obama helped unveil a statue of Truth at the U.S. Capitol. The great abolitionist was the first black woman to be so honored; Parks is the second.
"One can only imagine what Sojourner Truth, an outspoken, tell-it-like-it-is kind of woman . . . would have to say about this incredible gathering," the first lady said.
"Just looking down on this day, and thinking about the legacy she has left all of us, because we are all here because, as my husband says time and time again, we stand on the shoulders of giants like Sojourner Truth."
And what of her own shoulders? Will they be broad enough for future generations of women and girls to stand on? Or just good to look at?
Milloy is a columnist for The Washington Post.