Michelle Obama announces launch of Global Girls Alliance: 'Educate every girl'

Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama to headline Essence Festival Obama shares tribute to Michelle to celebrate Mother's Day 111-year-old woman gets free tickets to see Michelle Obama book tour MORE on Thursday announced the Obama Foundation's launch of the Global Girls Alliance, an organization “seeking to empower adolescent girls around the world through education.”

"We're seeking to empower adolescent girls around the world through education, so that they can support their families, communities and countries,” the former first lady said in an op-ed on CNN announcing the launch on the International Day of the Girl.

“The evidence is clear,” she continued. “Girls who attend secondary school earn higher salaries, have lower infant and maternal mortality rates, and are less likely to contract malaria and HIV. And studies have shown that educating girls isn't just good for the girls, it's good for all of us.” 


With the Global Girls Alliance, Obama said she hopes to support grassroots leaders in communities across the globe who are “clearing away the hurdles that too many girls face.”

“These are offering scholarships, launching mentorship programs, preparing girls to become entrepreneurs, and reaching out to parents so girls are supported not just at school, but at home as well,” Obama wrote. “And because of the outstanding work that's been done for years by so many international organizations, the Global Girls Alliance is focused not on duplicating efforts or competing for resources, but on collaborating within the sector and building capacity for everyone.” 

The organization will focus on centering its work around fresh ways of empowering those who are already on the ground to supporting these girls. 

First, Obama writes the alliance will work to connect other organizations and grassroots leaders to each other so they can “learn from one another, and, in turn, to achieve more together than they could on their own.”

“Second, we're working to connect these leaders directly to people like you,” the former first lady continued.

The alliance has partnered with GoFundMe to create a new social fundraising platform at GlobalGirlsAlliance.org/donate, a place, Obama writes, where “anyone, anywhere around the world, can support girls in places like India, Guatemala, or Uganda.”

“We've instituted a rigorous process to identify projects that need support, so whether you're giving a portion of your paycheck or a dollar from a lemonade stand, we don't take it lightly that you're donating your hard-earned money to this cause,” Obama wrote.

“The future of our world is only as bright as the future of our girls,” she added.

Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaFeehery: A whole new season of 'Game of Thrones' Mercury rollback is a direct threat to our children's health Lightfoot takes office as Chicago's first black woman mayor MORE took to Twitter shortly after the announcement to praise his wife for her work and called the effort “another great chapter in her effort to get girls the opportunities they deserve.”

Since leaving the White House, the former first lady has continued to work on women's issues in addition to voter registration efforts.

She will also be embarking soon on a 10-city book tour to promote her new memoir, “Becoming.”