Michelle Obama Launches New Initiative
Former First Lady Michelle Obama appeared on NBC’s Today Show and announced a new initiative focused on girls and education: The Global Girls Alliance. “I made a commitment to girls around the world when I was in the White House that I would not walk away from this issue when I left. And this is my fulfillment of that promise through the Obama Foundation.” The Global Girls Alliance will work with more than 1,500 grassroots organizations across the globe. More than 98 million adolescent girls around the world are not in school for many reasons including scarce resources, early pregnancies, dangerous commutes, and threats of violence. “The stats show that when you educate a girl, you educate a family, a community, a country,” Obama said. “If we care about climate change, if we care about poverty, if we care about maternal child health, then we have to care about education.” The Alliance is partnering with Go Fund Me to create a new social fundraising platform where anyone, anywhere around the world can support girls in places like India, Guatemala, or Uganda. “Think about our daughters with all their promise with all they have in them. You know even now at this young age that there is something burning to get out. Well that is true for millions of girls around the country. And they are battling through misperceptions, violence, stigma to get their way into a classroom and many of them don’t have access to a classroom,” FLOTUS44 said. “We want to play a role in building an alliance of young people that are out there doing the work.” Obama says the people on the ground need to have links to resources, training, and technical support. The Alliance is going to provide that for them as well as a way for them to come together on a regular basis. NBC’s Savannah Guthrie asked Obama, yet again, if she will ever run for office. “As a woman you understand where your voice works best, where you want to operate. I’ve never wanted to be a politician. I want to serve. I want to do work. I want to be out there. But there are so many ways to make an impact. Politics is just not my thing,” she replied. The former First Lady also weighed in on the #MeToo movement. “I’m surprised at how much has changed but how much has not changed,” she said. “I think young women are tired of it. They’re tired of being undervalued, they're tired of being disregarded, they’re tired of their voices not being invested in and heard. And it’s not just around the world, that’s happening right here in this country.” Responding indirectly to those who have said it’s a dangerous time for men, she “trumped” the argument saying, “Change is not a direct smooth path. There's going to be bumps and resistance. There’s been a status quo in terms of the way women have been treated, what their expectations have been in this society. And that is changing. And there’s going to be a little upheaval, there’s going to be a little discomfort. It’s up to them women to say sorry. Sorry that you feel uncomfortable but I’m now paving the way for the next generation.” More on the Initiative here.