First Lady Michelle Obama launches #62MillionGirls campaign

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First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama has set her sights on helping girls around the world achieve an education.

Earlier this week, the First Lady launched her campaign of #62milliongirls, which is the number of girls who are currently not in school around the world.

“As I’ve traveled around the world, I have met so many of these girls, and they are so bright and so determined to make something of themselves … These girls are our girls, and I simply cannot walk away from them,” Obama said Sunday night at the Global Citizen Festival.

Since that time, celebrities and organizations across the world have shared their stories of why the campaign is important.


In school I learned about meeting deadlines. #62milliongirls don't have that chance.

— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) September 29, 2015



"In school, I learned to imagine what was possible for a woman."–Drew Faust #62MillionGirls should have that chance

— Harvard University (@Harvard) September 28, 2015



@StephenAtHome ok u r so cute

— clur ひ (@itisnotclaire) September 26, 2015



In school I learned to apply cultural&historical context.#62MillionGirls dont have that chance

— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) September 27, 2015


The First Lady has been committed to educational pursuits through a number of endeavors, including her Reach Higher initiative, which is encouraging students to not only complete their high school education but to go beyond and finish a four-year degree, vocational or technical education.

First Lady Obama will also participate in a special message for American Graduate Day on Oct. 3.