“We left the president behind because he’s a boy,” the First Lady of the United States told a group of Liberian schoolgirls on her three-day tour in Liberia for her Let Girls Learn Initiative.
Let Girls Learn, created by Michelle Obama, is dedicated to providing access and funding for millions of young girls worldwide. Currently, over 60 million girls and teen girls are not enrolled in school globally for social, economic and/or political reasons.
Michelle brought along her daughters Sasha and Malia, who herself just graduated from high school and is beginning her gap year before enrolling into Yale University Fall 2017.
Many girls cannot afford to attend school in their home countries. Many are kicked out and turn to a life of poverty, teen parenthood or prostitution.
Read more on Michelle Obama’s trip to Liberia and how teen girls reacted to her arrival here at NPR.org.