First Lady Michelle Obama said getting girls educated is the key to solving many of the world’s ills, lamenting the 62 million girls worldwide who are unable to go to school.
“For me, this is personal. When I think about those 62 million girls that aren’t in school, I think about myself. I think about my daughters,” Obama said at an event at Harlem’s Apollo Theater Tuesday hosted by Glamour magazine. I see myself in these girls. I see my daughters in these girls. These girls are our girls, and I simply can't walk away from them. So for me, this is truly a moral issue.
“If we want to end global poverty, if we want to improve the plight of our country, educating girls is the key to all of that. It just is.”
And Obama offered plenty of personal advice for the audience of American high school girls on getting through the travails of being a teenager - focus on school, don’t sweat the small stuff, and don’t go for boys who are “too stupid” to appreciate a smart woman.
“There is no boy at this age that is cute enough or interesting enough to stop you from getting your education,” said Obama, who recounted commuting three hours a day by bus to go to a public magnet high school in her native Chicago.
“If I had worried about who liked me and who thought I was cute when I was your age, I wouldn’t be married to the President of the United States.”