Michelle Obama gives advice to girls

It was a case of brains and beauty as Michelle
Obama and Charlize Theron joined forces to promote women and education
to a group of young girls. The First Lady and the actress brought inspiring
messages – highlighting the need to empower women through
education. Mrs Obama encouraged girls across the world
to have the confidence to be themselves. “If I had worried about who liked me and who
thought I was cute when I was your age, I wouldn’t be married to the President of
the United States today,” The First Lady’s ‘Let Girls Learn’ initiative
aims to reduce the number of girls not in school and thereby improve their financial
security, health and independence. “We’re really working to engage everyone on
the ground, everyone all around the world. But we also want you all to be aware of this. So a huge part of ‘Let Girls Learn’ is public
awareness here in the U.S. We want you guys to know about these 62 million
girls and we want this to spur and inspire you to
not take your education for granted. Because let me tell you, there are 62 million
girls around the world who would give anything to be in your position,” “For me this is personal. You know, when I think about those 62 million
girls that aren’t in school I think about myself, I think about my daughters. Because quite frankly all these girls, these
are our girls. And I think about where I would be in my life
if I didn’t work hard in school and have the opportunity to go to college
and then on to law school – I wouldn’t be here. So I think it’s imperative and it is part
of my passion and my mission to make sure that every girl
on the planet has the same opportunity that I’ve had, that
my daughters have. And I want to make sure that all of you here
in the United States are taking advantage of the opportunities
that you have as well, I want you to be that hungry to get your education because it is going to be the key to your
future.” Theron is not only a UN Messenger of Peace, she also founded the Charlize Theron Africa
Outreach Project in her home country of South Africa. The Oscar winning actress urged girls to understand
and recognize their worth. “There is nothing sexier than a smart woman. We have been told to live by a certain mold,
women, especially women and it’s time to break it. And it is up to us to do that. Stop waiting for men to do that. Look in the mirror and see yourself and say ‘I am sexy, I am attractive, I am smart, I
am intelligent, I am powerful.'”

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