“Right now, more than 62 million girls worldwide are out of school. As I’ve traveled around the world, I have met so many of these girls and they are so bright and so determined to make something of themselves. These girls are our girls and I simply cannot walk away from them.”
These were Michelle Obama’s words at the 2015 Global Citizen Festival in Central Park this weekend. While Beyonce performing with Ed Sheeran and Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam, and Ariana Grande performing with Coldplay is all very exciting news, it was the introduction of FLOTUS’ introduction of her campaign #62milliongirls that stole the show.
Obama was introduced to the stage by none other than Queen Bey, following a moving performance of girl-power tracks like “Single Ladies”, “Survivor” and “Run The World (Girls)” mixed in with powerful quotes by the likes of Maya Angelou and Ronda Rousey.
According to its mission statement, the #62milliongirls campaign is focused on giving girls economic and social support to stay in school because “when girls aren’t given the chance to realize their potential, the whole world loses out.”
Join the movement by sharing a selfie on social media, along with a description of one thing you’ve leared in school with the hashtag #62milliongirls. Obama says school taught her to “speak up” which – if this is anything to go by - is something we can all be thankful for.