First Lady of the United States of America, Michelle Obama, who is a great advocate of girl power has released a new inspirational song, with a star-studded troupe of female musicians for a rallying anthem called “This Is For My Girls.”
The song features contributions from rapper Missy Elliott, American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson, former Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland, Glee star Lea Michele, Jadagrace and Zendaya, among others, it was penned by Oscar-nominated songwriter Diane Warren, and executively produced by AOL MAKERS.
The single which serves as an anthem for the ‘Let Girls Learn Initiative’ hit the airwaves on Tuesday ahead of Michelle Obama’s appearance and keynote speech at the South by SouthWest (SXSW) Music Festival, in Austin, Texas.
She will be joined on stage by Diane Warren, Missy Elliott and actress Sophia Bush in a panel conversation that will be moderated by Queen Latifah.
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The talk will center on Michelle’s ‘Let Girls Learn initiative’, which is dedicated to providing opportunities to the 62 million girls around the world who do not have access to education.
The artists involved waived all royalties and fees to participate in the song, and all proceeds will support the Peace Corps Let Girls Learn Fund.
Here is an audio clip of the song;
“This Is For My Girls” is Michelle Obama’s second single following the December 2015 release of “Go to College.”
In March 2015, the President and First Lady launched ‘Let Girls Learn’, which brings together the Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Peace Corps, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), as well as other agencies and programs like the U.S. President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), to address the range of challenges preventing adolescent girls from attending and completing school, and from realizing their potential as adults.
Let Girls Learn is a United States government initiative to ensure adolescent girls around the world get the education they deserve. It is an initiative that combines the necessary political will, diplomacy, grassroots organizing, and development expertise to create lasting change. The initiative builds upon decades of research and experience to mobilize change makers and increase public attention on this issue.
Around the world, girls face complex physical, cultural, and financial barriers in accessing education. Statistics show that globally, 62 million girls are not in school, and barriers to adolescent girls completing school are particularly significant. In some countries, fewer than 10% of teenage girls complete secondary school.