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Video: Michelle Obama performs Carpool Karaoke to draw attention to a global issue


Michelle Obama goes for a quick spin with James Corden of The Late Late Show and performs a round of Carpool Karaoke. Obama and Corden start by jamming to Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours.”  Then they perform Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies.”  And finally, she sings “This Is for My Girls,” a song Obama herself pulled together. Missy Elliott also makes an appearance in the video.

We’re going to miss this First Lady…

In the video, Obama tells Corden about her trip to Liberia, Morocco and Spain. The goal of the tour is to highlight her Let Girls Learn initiative, which she launched last year to educate more girls. She notes that worldwide there are more than 62 million girls currently not in school.

“So much could be corrected in the world if girls were educated and had power over their lives,” Obama says. “My message to kids here is, don’t take your education for granted, because there are girls around the world who would die to get the education that we have. They would do anything. They would move mountains to make it happen. I want our girls and our boys here to be aware of it.”

Through the Let Girls Learn, thousands of American Peace Corps members stationed across the globe now get training in gender and girls’ education. The program works with multiple government agencies and outside organizations to invest in and elevate programs that directly impact girls in at-risk areas.

The First Lady wrote about the importance of the initiative in The Wall Street Journal last March:

“The research is unequivocal: Girls who attend secondary school marry and have children later, and they have lower maternal and infant-mortality rates and lower rates of HIV/AIDS. Every additional year of education can increase a girl’s earning power by 10% to 20%; and sending more girls to school can boost an entire country’s economy. National-security experts have even noted that educating women can be a powerful tool to fight extremism, violence and instability.”


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