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In Lena Dunham’s most recent Lenny Letter, Michelle Obama wrote about her commitment to global girls education and why she feels like it is a personal matter.
There are currently 62 million girls who are out of the classroom that could benefit from being there.
“So often when people talk about the issue of global girls’ education, they dive right into the policy weeds. All of this is true…[i]t’s also very much about attitudes and beliefs: the belief that girls should be valued for their bodies, not their minds; the belief that girls simply aren’t worthy of an education, and their best chance in life is to be married off when they’re barely even teenagers and start having children of their own.”
Michelle went on to say that she felt like it was a personal issue to her since she has traveled and seen so much first hand. She personally saw many young women in “rickety desks in bare concrete classrooms who are raising their hands so hard they’re almost falling out of their chairs.”
Michelle and the President’s Let Girls Live initiative starts its next phase at South by Southwest this week, so she made sure to draw attention to this. The Let Girls Learn initiative aims to help come up with solutions for communities that would reduce the current barriers in place that are keeping young girls from completing their education.
She also suggested that anyone who felt moved to be more involved is to do so through Girl Rising, which uses storytelling to inspire action that can help get girls into classrooms all over the world. The hashtag to go along with the campaign is #62MillionGirls.