Here’s another reason to love our first lady: At Saturday’s Global Citizen Festival, Michelle Obama announced a social campaign, #62milliongirls, to raise awareness for the 62 million girls around the world who are denied the right to an education. And guess what? She was introduced by (BFF?) Beyoncé during the festival that fights to end global poverty and inequality. “I’d like for you all to give it up… for the first lady,” Bey said as the crowd went wild.
“I am thrilled to be here tonight, and I am honored to follow a woman whom I admire and adore,” Obama said about Bey. “Someone who believes as passionately as I do in the boundless promise of girls worldwide.”
To show your support, here’s what the first lady wants you to do: Tweet or Instagram a black-and-white photo of yourself using the hashtag #62milliongirls and say what you learned in school. Follow this format: “In school, I learned ____. #62MillionGirls don’t have that chance.” Then be sure to spread the word to all your friends and family.
The FLOTUS posted her own Instagram photo that said school taught her to speak up for herself. And President Obama posted a photo saying, “I’m grateful for the teachers who helped spark my sense of curiosity.” Many celebrities have also supported the cause including Mindy Kaling, who showed an adorable childhood photo of herself that says, “I was all smiles because I got to go to school and be myself.”
Have you posted your #62milliongirls photo? Let us know in the comments.
(Photos via @michelleobama + Theo Wargo Staff/Getty + Mark Wilson/Getty)