Sarah Terry
September 20, 2016 12:59 pm
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Our incredible First Lady Michelle Obama has been a powerful advocate for educating women and girls for all of her years in the White House, and we are SO behind that message. Michelle started the initiative called “Let Girls Learn,” which is an organization that tackles many of the issues that prevent adolescent girls around the world from getting an education. Yesterday, Michelle hosted an event on Broadway to raise awareness for this cause that is so close to her heart.

Michelle Obama was joined by Stephen Colbert and Broadway stars for “Broadway Shines a Light On Girls Education.”

The event was held in the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre in New York City, with hilarious comedian Stephen Colbert as the emcee. Michelle spoke in front of a theater full of the spouses of global heads of state who are in town for the U.N. General Assembly, and implored them to make this an issue. Billboard reported some of Michelle’s impassioned speech.

Michelle called on her fellow influential women to use their power to ensure that girls are given the opportunity to get an education.

The First Lady invited some of the awesome women of Broadway to perform at the event.

Performers came from Wicked, The Color Purple, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and Waitress. These performers included Cynthia Erivo, who recently won a Tony for her incredible performance in The Color Purple. Billboard also quoted her thoughts on the historic day.

The keynote speakers were three young women who spoke from their own experiences of overcoming obstacles to get an education.

Noor Abu Ghazaleh of Jordan, Summyka Qadir of Pakistan, and Halima Robert of Malawi spoke about the kinds of extreme obstacles in their path to an education such as child marriage, poverty and an indifference to women’s education. But despite all of these hardships, these young women were able to achieve their goals of learning and growth. The post above details the story of Halima of Malawi.

That is SUCH an inspiring story, and we are so glad to see such a powerful collection of women coming together to make sure all young girls like Halima have access to education. According to the First Lady, 62 million girls around the world aren’t in school, and we are very supportive of all of Michelle Obama’s efforts to change that.

To find out how you can help or contribute, check out the Let Girls Learn website, which details ways that we can get involved.

Because everyone deserves access to the wondrous world of books and learning!

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