Meryl Streep and Michelle Obama Are Going to Africa Together
In 2014, President Obama publicly declared his affection for Meryl Streep while presenting her with the Medal for Freedom. "I love Meryl Streep," Obama said of the Oscar winner. "Her husband knows I love her. Michelle knows I love her. There's nothing they can do about it." And now, two years later, both of the president's beloveds will make a transcontinental trip together.
Actually, five of the president's beloveds will make the voyage. People reports that Streep, the First Lady, Sasha, and Malia Obama, and the girls' grandmother Marian Robinson will travel to Morocco at the end of June as part of the Let Girls Learn initiative. While in Marrakech, Streep will join Obama and actress Freida Pinto in discussing "the challenges women in the African country deal with on a regular basis."
The stop in Marrakech is just one of several planned. For the others, in Monrovia, and Madrid, the First Lady will discuss the educational obstacles that women around the world face.
This is not the first time that Streep and Obama have partnered in the fight for gender equality. The two had a conversation for "More" magazine in 2015, during which Streep discussed her equal-rights crusade.
"We're viewed as equals — but we're still not there yet," Streep said. "For the first time, we have the expectation that we can have a broad array of choices, that we could lead in almost any part of society. And yet we face resistance. We see that here at home in our government — in the House and the Senate. We see that in our boardrooms. We see that in Hollywood."
"The challenge for our girls, I think, is dealing with that resistance," Streep continued. "How can we lift and defuse it, how do we make it so our equality is not so threatening?"
And now, one year after Streep appealed to Congress for equal rights, it looks as though the duo are expanding their crusade.
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