First Lady Michelle Obama Is Looking for the Next Big Idea and YOU Could Have It
To increase support for the Let Girls Learn campaign, First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama have teamed up with AOL's #BUILTBYGIRLS and Citizen AOL to launch Let Girls Build, a challenge dedicated to addressing the educational barriers faced by 62 million girls worldwide.
Have a big idea? Don't let it go to waste! Submissions for the Let Girls Build Challenge powered by #BUILTBYGIRLS and CitizenAOL will open in July and the POTUS and FLOTUS want YOU to address the educational barriers faced by #62milliongirls. Be part of the solution! www.builtbygirls.com/letgirlsbuild #StateOfWomen
First Lady Obama told Seventeen.com that this challenge is an attempt to "harness the power of science, technology and, most importantly, the power of girls to help their peers around the world go to school."
The #BBG challenge encourages more girls to become builders, creators, and innovators in their own lives. Statistics currently show the following breakdown of the nearly 60 million millennial and generation Z females in the United States (ages 10-34):
- 18 percent have computer science degrees
- 30 percent are female employees at major technology companies
- 72 percent of these girls said they feel held back by society
But, the good news is, these statistics can and will change. With your brilliant ideas and the help of AOL, the President, and First Lady, we can ignite and improve change for the better — one girl at a time.
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