Sammy Nickalls
March 16, 2016 8:31 am

Today, First Lady Michelle Obama will give the opening keynote at SXSW about her Let Girls Learn Initiative, which aims to increase the number of adolescent girls educated throughout the world. And now, thanks to the First Lady and a bevy of female superstars, we’ve got a new girl-power anthem that will help these girls receive the education they so richly deserve.

With the support of AOL’s MAKERS, “This Is For My Girls” is written by Oscar nominee Diane Warren and features Janelle Monáe, Kelly Clarkson, Kelly Rowland, Lea Michele, Missy Elliott, ZendayaChloe x Halle, and Jadagrace. “This Is For My Girls” was released at midnight last night and it is available to purchase on iTunes. The best part? Proceeds will benefit Let Girls Learn.

“Diane Warren and this collective of powerful, talented artists have truly taken action in support of Let Girls Learn,” said FLOTUS in a press release. “I am thrilled that they’ve created this anthem for the 62 million girls around the world who are not in school, and that AOL’s MAKERS and iTunes joined them in their support.”  

The First Lady’s address will include a discussion about girls’ education with Missy Elliot, the actress Sophia Bush, and Diane Warren, which will be moderated by Queen Latifah and streamed live. Chloe x Halle will perform the song live for the first time at the event today.

And that’s not all that the First Lady is up to! Michelle Obama also penned an essay for today’s Lenny Letter, Lena Dunham’s newsletter, explaining why girl’s education is such a personal cause for her.

Highlighting that 62 million girls all over the world are not in school right now due to various issues such as feminine hygiene and finances, she explained:

Michelle Obama explained that she “see[s] myself” in these girls and in their “ambition and determination to rise above their circumstances”:

The First Lady gave a shout-out to the site 62 Million Girls, where you can pledge to support education for adolescent girls around the globe. Asshe wrote in Lenny:

We applaud Michelle Obama, Kelly Clarkson, Zendaya, Kelly Rowland, and all the other incredible singers  involved for their efforts on such an important cause. If you want to support the Let Girls Learn Initiative, you can pledge your support here, and you can purchase “This Is For My Girls” on iTunes. We’ll be listening to it on repeat!

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