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Michelle Obama Urges Girls to Value Education

In an open letter written to Seventeen magazine, first lady Michelle Obama commends young girls in the U.S. to appreciate education, an opportunity that many girls worldwide do not have.

“Right now, 62 million girls around the world are not in school,” the letter begins.

In addition to a lack of resources, FLOTUS accredits “attitudes and beliefs” for why many girls aren’t in school.

After specifically mentioning Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year-old girl who was shot by Taliban terrorists when she spoke out for girls’ education, Obama turned the focus back to American girls.

“Think about all the girls you know who don’t take their education seriously,” the letter reads. 

From showing up to class on time from asking a teacher for extra help, Obama tells readers that “you can do better.”

The letter ends with Obama imploring for young women to “get involved.” “Form a club at your school to raise money and awareness,” she offers as an example. 

Read the letter in its entirety here.