My mother says I was born a writer but I can distinctly remember a time when math and science were my favorite subjects.
Unfortunately, I can also remember the exact moment I decided math was too hard for me to be good at it. Instead of accepting the challenge to work harder and without the encouragement I needed to succeed, I simply gave up.
Fast forward to the present, I am a proud graduate of North Carolina A&T State University and yes, as it turns out my mother was right — I am a writer. But in school, I learned that I’m a pretty decent mathematician, a scientist and anything else I want to be if only I put my mind to it. #62MillionGirls don’t have that chance.
On Thursday, Oct. 1, at the legendary Apollo Theater in New York City, First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama, former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Plan International girl advocate Nurfahada, and actress Charlize Theron teamed up with Glamour Magazine for a special panel discussion “The Power of an Educated Girl.” More than 1,000 school-aged girls were invited to listen, ask questions and participate in a powerful conversation about girls and education.
According to Let Girls Learn, an initiative developed by the U.S. Government and the Peace Corps:
The girls attending yesterday’s event are not among the #62MillionGirls. However, those girls are vital to the survival of this conversation. We need to rally a sisterhood of girls, supported by women and men everywhere, and empower, inspire and equip them with the tools they need to advocate and fight for other girls across the world.
Watch “The Power of an Educated Girl” here.
Social media is packed with tons of tweets from the event tagged #GlamourForEdu. Here are our favorite moments!
— The First Lady (@FLOTUS) September 29, 2015
— Carol-Anne Jean (@carojean23) September 29, 2015
— Participant Media (@Participant) September 29, 2015
— Girls Inc. (@girls_inc) September 29, 2015
Don’t forget to add your photo to the #62MillionGirls Yearbook by uploading a photo of yourself to Twitter or Instagram with the caption “In school, I learned ________ #62MillionGirls don’t have that chance.”
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) September 27, 2015
— Plan International (@PlanGlobal) September 29, 2015