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Girl Up!

If you’re going to tackle a global issue, you want to have as many loud and powerful voices on your side. In the case of access to education for women around the globe, there’s no more powerful voice than First Lady Michelle Obama, who served this week as the keynote address for the Girl Up Leadership Summit, a three day event hosted by Girl Up, the United Nations Foundation’s adolescent girl campaign, which engages girls from around the world to stand up for each other and address issues that impact their lives. The Summit gathered celebrities, industry leaders and 225 youth from 29 states and 11 countries, all uniting a global mindset of doing good around the world in the name of women.

From the second she took the stage, the First Lady was getting the type of attention that would make a rock star jealous; a sea of cell phones burst upward with cameras flashing as she neared the podium, all hoping to get a glimpse of the chief advocate.