Imagine being told that you are not allowed to go to school. Imagine being told that an education — one of the most fundamental building blocks for a healthy, long, and fulfilling life — is simply not an option for you.
It’s hard, right? But, for millions of girls around the world, it’s a reality. In fact, more than 62 million girls — half of them adolescents — are not in school. Millions more are fighting just to stay there.
These girls deserve a chance to fulfill their potential. All girls deserve that chance.
This is why U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters are headed to Liberia, Morocco, and Spain as part of the White House’s Let Girls Learn Initiative. They addressed the obstacles girls face in obtaining an education.
In Liberia, Obama met with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who was the first female in Africa elected to a head of state position, and visited a local leadership camp. The First Lady told attendees, “I’m here to shine a big bright light on you.”
“Like for many of you, my own education was everything for me. Neither of my parents had gone to college, but they pushed me to succeed in high school and apply to college and law school, where I learned how to think analytically, write clearly, and advocate forcefully for myself and others. And those degrees led to opportunities my parents never could have imagined for themselves.”- Michelle Obama