Michelle Obama Celebrates International Women's Day with Let Girls Learn
On Tuesday, Let Girls Learn hosted a massive event at Union Market in Washington D.C., in celebration of International Women's Day where First Lady Michelle Obama took the stage.
On the outside of the building, The Girls' Lounge commissioned street artist Mr. Brainwash to decorate a wall of Union Market in an inspiring tribute to Let Girls Learn. The decorated warehouse was lined with booths from corporate sponsors that included AOL, Johnson & Johnson, The Girls' Lounge, Procter & Gamble, Lyft, and ALEX & ANI, among others.
More than 200 women were in attendance, ranging from high school girls, women holding executive positions at major corporations and of course, Obama herself. Lauren Moore (VP Corporate Citizenship at Johnson & Johnson), Fama Francisco (President, Global Feminine Care at Procter and Gamble) and Jayne Conway (Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of ALEX AND ANI) all spoke to the crowd about the importance of education and opportunity for women across the globe.
Ahead of Obama's speech, Samantha Power (United States Ambassador to the United Nations) shared her thoughts around gender gaps in a variety of fields, especially in politics. Then, Obama owned the stage.
The First Lady celebrated all that Let Girls Learn has accomplished in the past year, and pledged to grow the movement even more in the coming years. Below are some of her best quotes:
"The more I traveled and met with girls and experts about this issue, the more I realized the barrier isn't just resources."
"Like most women, I know how it feels to be overlooked, underestimated, to have someone only listen to your ideas in a meeting."
"This issue is truly resonating as folks from every sector are stepping up to take action on behalf of these girls around the world."