Michelle Obama Inspires Young Women to Greatness With Some Help from Broadway


Michelle launched the Let Girls Learn initiative in 2015. This projected shed light on the fact that millions of young women are not in school especially in developing countries and regions in crisis, face numerous challenges in their pursuit of an education.


Mrs. Obama said at the Jacobs Theatre  “But with a lot of hard work — and a lot of financial aid — I had the chance to attend some of the finest universities in the country,” she continued. “And I can tell you that education was everything for me. It opened doors. It gave me the confidence to pursue my ambitions and make my voice heard in the world. For me, education was power.”


Mrs. Obama took this project to heart after she met Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai. Malala  was shot in the head for trying to attend school under Taliban law. “The terrorists who nearly killed her were trying to silence her voice,” Mrs. Obama said. “They were trying to snuff out her ambitions and take away her power. And that’s why I decided to work on global girls’ education. Because there are girls just like Malala in every corner of the globe — girls who are so bright, so hardworking and hungry, some who are even willing to risk their lives just to get an education.”




Mrs. Obama said she has committed herself to Let Girls Learn for the rest of her life. “It’s about telling the stories of these girls and girls like them across the globe — not just their challenges and their struggles, but their dreams and their aspirations — which are big,” she said.


She continued, “These girls, and girls like them, are my inspiration. I carry their stories with me every single day. And it was a privilege to bring my mother and my daughters with me to Liberia and Morocco and — for them to get to meet you. And that was our very last trip together during our time in the White House, so it was special for so many different reasons. Because while we represent three different generations, each of us — my mom, my daughters, myself — we saw ourselves in these young women that we met — in their passion, and their intellect, and their resolve. And I hope that this movie about their lives will serve as a call to action. I hope that people around the world will be as inspired as I am to step up and to speak out on behalf of girls around the world who struggle to go to school.”


One of the young women featured in the film spoke about what it meant to be a girl in a world brimming with possibility for her and so many others like her. “Being a girl means being powerful. Being a girl means being a challenger. Being a girl means being beautiful,” she said to the crowd gathered at the White House. “Being a girl means you never have to say no again in your life.”


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