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Michelle Obama gives inspiring advice to young girls everywhere

Did you know that there are 62 million girls around the world who are unable to go to school and receive an education? 62 million! Michelle Obama shared this fact at the Apollo Theatre in New York City this week while talking about the Let Girls Learn initiative

At an event hosted by Glamour Magazine, the First Lady introduced the #62MillionGirls initiative to encourage young women all ove rthe world to get their education—and to empower them to be able to do so. "If we want to end global poverty, if we want to improve the plight of our country, educating girls is the key to all of that. It just is," she explained.

When it comes to girls already in school, the First Lady encourages girls to ignore distractions. "There is no boy at this age that is cute enough or interesting enough to stop you from getting your education. If I had worried about who liked me and who thought I was cute when I was your age," she said, addressing the crowd, "I wouldn't be married to the President of the United States." Amen to that.

 

And though it can be hard sometimes to focus in with everything else going on in our life, we have to push through. "You’ll have opportunity, and you’ll have control of your life to make choices," she explains about growing up. "You won’t have to listen to your parents, because you’ll have a job and you’ll pay your own bills. You want that freedom. Freedom comes later. Now you invest. Now you put up with. Now you be patient. Because if you don’t do it now, then you’ll be living this cramped-up life for the rest of your life."

Hear that, GL girls? We know some days can be tough, whether it's because of your parents, your friends, a crush or afterschool extracurriculars, but your education is precious—and it's your key to changing the world. The future starts with you, so learn all you can to become the best.

Check out this mini slideshow to see what some of your faves had to say about their time in school, and go to 62MillionGirls.com to learn more.

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What's your favorite part of school? What do you want to do to change the world?

Photos credit: Michelle Obama, Glamour

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    "In school, I learned how to speak up for myself. #62MillionGirls don't have that chance." –Michelle Obama
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    "In school I learned to follow my own path. #62MillionGirls don’t have that chance." -Misty Copeland
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    "In school, I learned to be myself and how to be a leader. #62MillionGirls don't have that chance." -Beyoncé

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by Kiara Richmond | 2/1/2016
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