Help break barriers for girls around the world

Ahead of the First Lady’s keynote event at SXSW Music, Mrs. Obama sent the following email to White House subscribers. You can watch the First Lady’s SXSW keynote at 10:30am CT here.

The First Lady listens to students in Siem Reap, Cambodia on March 21, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

62 million girls around the world are not in school. They’re not getting any formal education — no math, reading, writing — none of the skills they need to realize their potential and provide for themselves and their families.

And while these girls may live halfway around the world from us, there is so much we can do right here at home to help them get the education they deserve — so we need to take action right now, today.

Small steps in your community or on your college campus have the power to make a big difference.

You can organize a fun run, a battle of the bands, a trivia contest, a cocktail party — anything you can dream up to raise awareness about these girls and help them go to school.

Help break barriers for 62 million girls around the world who deserve to get an education.

I’m passionate about this issue because I truly see myself in these girls — in their hunger and their determination to rise above their circumstances and reach for something more. I know that many of you do too.

These girls are our girls, and we have a responsibility to do everything we can to give them the same kind of opportunities we had to get an education and fulfill our promise.

With millions of girls out of school, this won’t be easy. But when millions of us come together on their behalf, we can get this done — one village, one school, one girl at a time.

Visit to learn how you can step up and take action in your community today.

Thank you,

First Lady Michelle Obama

P.S. A group of amazing artists (including Zendaya, Missy Elliot, Kelly Clarkson, Janelle Monáe and others) came together to record a song written by Diane Warren called “This is for my Girls,” and the proceeds will go to support global girls’ education. It just had its world radio premiere on iHeartRadio and it’s making its debut on iTunes today — be sure to check it out!

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