Michelle Obama’s speech at a London girls’ school on her recent visit in April 2009.
She talks about her working-class upbringing, and how her father “never complained about his struggles…he just got up a little earlier, and worked a little harder.”
Telling them that neither of her parents attended university, but rather provided herself and her older brother “all a kid really needs – love, strong values, and a belief that with a good education and a whole lot of hard work, there is nothing we could not do.” She says to the assembled crowd, “The reason I’m standing here today is because of education.”
She recalls her first date with Barack Obama, where he invited her to attend a community meeting he had organized in Chicago. He reminded the group attending that night that “sometimes we settle for the world as it is, even when it doesn’t reflect our values and aspirations.”
She reminds the girls in that school, “You will write the story not only for yourselves, but for your generation, and for generations to come…Use your talents to create the world as it should be. We need strong, smart, confident, young women to take the reins. We know you can do it.”
Wow. We need more women like Michelle Obama speaking to young girls and parents in this world.