buy a scarf, educate a girl
On July 14, First Lady Michelle Obama spoke at the Girl Up Leadership Summit!
The most captivating part of her speech was when the First Lady put all of us in the shoes of the 62 million girls who can’t go to school. “Think about what it would be like to see your brothers going off to school every day while you were stuck at home,” she said.
During her speech, Mrs. Obama pointed out that “an education doesn’t just transform a girl’s life, it transforms their communities, too.” This statement resonated deeply with me. Statistics show that girls reinvest 90 percent of their income into their family and communities, compared to only 30-40 percent for boys. This is why educating girls is so important: When a girl is educated she is more likely to educate her children, and her children will be more likely to educate their children, leading to a more educated society. Adolescent girls are the future of their countries and their voices can move mountains if we let them speak.
* Write up from Girlup.org