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First Lady Michelle Obama Brings Together Big Names for Powerful New Girls’ Anthem

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First Lady Michelle Obama has brought  some of pop’s biggest powerhouses together for an anthem that girls around the world are sure to love.

‘This Is For My Girls’, written by eight time Oscar nominee Diane Warren, features former Disney star Zendaya, Kelly Rowland, Missy Elliott, Janelle Monae and more belting it out to let girls everywhere know that they’re amazing. The empowering new song was released on iHeartRadio on Tuesday and iTunes today, with all proceeds going towards the Let Girls Learn initiative, which supports girls having access to adequate education around the world.

The single was released just ahead of the First Lady’s scheduled opening keynote speech at South by Southwest, Austin’s annual music, film and interactive media festival. The session will revolve around the Let Girls Learn initiative, with Queen Latifah serving as moderator. FLOTUS will also be joined by onstage by Missy Elliott, Diane Warren, and Sophia Bush, in what’s sure to be a memorable discussion.

Although she didn’t lend her voice to the song, Obama did express her thoughts on global girls’ education, an issue that’s “personal” to her, in the newest edition of Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter, which subscribers received this morning. “Imagine being a bright, curious young girl with all kinds of ideas about what you want to be when you grow up. And then one day, someone taps you on the shoulder and says, ‘Sorry, not you. You’re a girl. Your dreams stop here. You have to drop out of school, marry a man 20 years older than you whom you’ve never met, and start having babies of your own.'” she wrote. “Think about who — and what — you would be today if your formal education had ended after middle school and you knew only what you’d learned through eighth grade.

It’s inconceivable, right? We wouldn’t dream of accepting this fate for ourselves — or for our friends, sisters, or daughters. So why would we accept it for any girl on this planet — especially when we’ve got piles of research telling us that girls who go to school marry later, have healthier families, and earn higher salaries?”

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