Posted October 11th, 2016 at 9:48 am (UTC-4)
This Issue Is Personal For Me
Michelle Obama – CNN
First lady Michelle Obama speaks to school girls during the 2015 World Innovation Summit for Education held at the convention center in Doha, Qatar, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. U.S. first lady Michelle Obama on Wednesday called on the world to fund and promote societal change to support girls’ education. (AP)
Neither of my parents and hardly anyone in the neighborhood where I grew up went to college. But thanks to a lot of hard work and plenty of financial aid, I had the opportunity to attend some of the finest universities in this country. That education opened so many doors and gave me the confidence to pursue my ambitions and have a voice in the world.
For me, education was power.
And a few years ago, when I had the honor of meeting Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head just for trying to go to school, this issue got really personal for me. I saw that the terrorists who nearly killed her were trying to silence her voice, snuff out her ambitions, and take away her power.
That’s why I decided to work on global girls’ education as first lady: because right now, there are tens of millions of girls like Malala in every corner of the globe who are not in school — girls who are so bright, hardworking and hungry to learn.