FLOTUS Michelle Obama Adds Hitmaker to Her Resume & Girls Are Listening

Michelle Obama and Missy Elliot at SXSW

How often do you get to call your First Lady a hitmaker? Up until the Obamas moved into the White House, we're willing to bet the odds were slim to none. Yep, that’s right -- our FLOTUS recruited some talent for yet another one of her amazing youth initiatives. The track is titled "This Is for My Girls" and features Missy Elliott, Janelle Monae, Kelly Clarkson, Lea Michele, Zendaya, and sooo many more.

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Everyone on the song is a key player in the music industry, including Grammy-winning writer Diane Warren -- and they're all warning girls: "Don't take no sh*t from nobody."

Michelle has been advocating for girls to receive an education by any means necessary through her partnership with the Peace Corps program Let Girls Learn. And during her March 16 keynote speech at SXSW, she was very clear, stating, "For me, 62 million girls not getting an education, that’s personal" -- as it should be for every feminist humane person out there. And in using her influence and contacts, she figured out the best formula for raising awareness for the 62 million young ladies (worldwide) who currently aren't enrolled in school -- good music!

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I often recall my mother saying to me, "If you knew your homework like you know the lyrics to this song, you'd be in good shape." Which, eventually, I came to do ... in most subjects. However, when you realize that media, music, and celebrity idols do, in fact, influence children and are a big part of their lives, the smartest thing anyone can do is find out how to incorporate those things for a bigger cause -- and that's what Michelle Obama has done, both in the past and now.

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Historically speaking, we're no stranger to learning by way of music. In fact, I think we can all agree that it taught us a great deal of our childhood lessons -- how to recite the alphabet, how to clean up, and so many other things.

So, on the off chance that music vocalized by the right (or wrong) people has the ability to sway you, this is an genius way to get an important message out into the world -- the message that education can unlock so many doors for young women; the message that there is hope, and it's coming from a group of positive, strong women they can truly look up to.

This soon-to-be (young) ladies' anthem can be purchased on iTunes.

 

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