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The Role ModelMichelle Obama Image Credit: Marie Claire - US
The Role ModelMichelle Obama Image Credit: Marie Claire - US

The Role Model Michelle Obama

Marie Claire ’s Young Women’s Honors Is All About Inspiration. What Better Partner Than the First Lady’s Let Girls Learn?

Kayla Webley Adler

Michelle Obama knows how much work it can take for a girl to get an education. Growing up in a cramped, noisy apartment on the South Side of Chicago, she often woke up at 4 a.m. to study in peace. “I can tell you, my education has been the key to everything I’ve been able to achieve in my life,” the first lady told MC. “So for me, this issue has always been personal.” Which is why, in March 2015, she launched Let Girls Learn (LGL), a bold initiative to raise awareness about the fact that, worldwide, 98 million girls are out of school. “There are girls all over the world who are hungry to learn and who take extraordinary risks just to have a chance to fulfill their potential,” Obama says. “I knew I wanted to make it my mission to help them get the education they deserve.”

Nearly two years later, LGL has invested more than $1 billion in new and ongoing government programming in over 50 countries; signed on 11 nations—from the U.K. to Mexico to South Korea—with some pledging an additional $600 million; and enlisted more than 100 companies and organizations to pitch in supplies, expertise, and financial support. Such investments are already making an impact in Pakistan, where 12-year-old Sana Sufiyan, who used to work eight-hour shifts in a


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