Former first lady Michelle Obama has announced the launch of a worldwide effort to help an estimated 98 million young girls not enrolled in schools. Obama said that she would support the Global Girls Alliance, an international collective of grassroots organizations that would support groups and community leaders working to improve and enable girls’ access to education by harnessing the Obama Foundation’s fundraising power to help promote the collective’s work.
“When you educate a girl, you educate a family, a community, a country,” Obama said during an appearance on the Today show Thursday.
“We want to lift up the grassroots leaders in communities all over the world who are clearing away the hurdles that too many girls face,” she added in a statement. “Because the evidence is clear: educating girls isn’t just good for the girls, it’s good for all of us.”
The former first lady has kept a relatively low-profile since her departure from the White House, but jumped backed into the limelight in July to help lead an effort to encourage young people to register to vote. Last month, Obama also announced that she had finished her highly anticipated memoir. Her upcoming 10-city book tour, according to CNN, has already sold out whole arenas.
During her appearance on Today, Obama also addressed a remarkable moment from the late Senator John McCain’s funeral during which former President George W. Bush was seen surreptitiously passing her a cough drop.
“He’s a funny man. It was a simple gesture,” the former first lady recalled. “I will add that they were old cough drops … they were in this little White House box along with some altoids. I was like, ‘How long have you had these?’”
Watch video of Obama discussing the cough drop moment on Today below.
“I didn’t realize at the time that anybody noticed what we were doing… He is my partner in crime at every major thing where all the formers gather… I love him to death.” @MichelleObama talks about George W. Bush handing her a cough drop (an old one at that!) at McCain's funeral pic.twitter.com/hS9fV0DHjB
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) October 11, 2018
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