First Lady Michelle Obama

AS FIRST PUBLISHED ON WHITEHOUSE.GOV

Published on MARCH 10, 2016

First Lady Michelle Obama, in celebration of International Women's Day, welcomes young girls from Girl Up, the United Nations Foundation's adolescent girl campaign, to tour The Girls' Lounge's Let Girls Learn bus on the South Lawn of the White House, March 8, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

First Lady Michelle Obama, in celebration of International Women's Day, welcomes young girls from Girl Up, the United Nations Foundation's adolescent girl campaign, to tour The Girls' Lounge's Let Girls Learn bus on the South Lawn of the White House, March 8, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

The Let Girls Learn bus then went across town for an event at Union Market in Washington, D.C. There, the First Lady was joined by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power for an event with young women, students, and stakeholders. In her remarks, the First Lady commemorated the one-year anniversary of Let Girls Learn and announced new private sector commitments in support of the initiative.

“The ability to read, write, and analyze; the confidence to stand up and demand justice and equality; the qualifications and connections to get your foot in that door and take your seat at that table -- all of that starts with education. And trust me, girls around the world, they understand this. They feel it in their bones, and they will do whatever it takes to get that education."
 - First Lady Michelle Obama on the one-year anniversary of Let Girls Learn

After her remarks, the First Lady viewed murals that were painted live during the event by Mr. Brainwash — a Los Angeles based filmmaker and street artist. One mural, with countless colorful hearts, represented the 62 million girls around the world are not in school – a number that the Obama Administration is working to change.