FLOTUS Travels to Liberia, Morocco & Spain

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Working together to open the doors of education for girls around the world.

To educate a girl is to build a healthier family, a stronger community, and a brighter future. Unfortunately today, more than 62 million girls around the world are not in school—half of whom are adolescents. We know that countries with more girls in secondary school tend to have lower maternal mortality rates, lower infant mortality rates, lower rates of HIV/AIDS, and better child nutrition.

But too often, a girl who could change her world for the better is locked out of that future by the circumstances of her birth or the customs of her community and country.

We know that a girl with an education can shape her own destiny, lift up her family, and transform her community. That is why President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama launched Let Girls Learn, a U.S. government initiative aimed at helping adolescent girls attain a quality education that empowers them to reach their full potential.

Learn more and how you can take action at letgirlslearn.gov.

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WHY LET GIRLS LEARN?

When girls are educated, their families are healthier and they have more opportunities to generate income in adulthood. An educated girl has a ripple effect:

On Her Family:

  • One more year of education increases a woman’s income by up to 25 percent.
  • A girl who has a basic education is three times less likely to contract HIV.
  • Children born to educated mothers are twice as likely to survive past the age of 5.

On Society:

  • If all women in sub-Saharan Africa had a secondary education, 1.8 million lives would be saved each year.
  • Simulations using data from women farmers in Kenya suggest that crop yields could increase by 25 percent if all that country’s girls attended primary school.
  • After looking at 100 countries, the World Bank found that increasing the share of women with a secondary education by 1 percent boosts annual per capita income growth by 0.3 percentage points.
  • Countries where women hold more than 30 percent of seats in political bodies are more inclusive, egalitarian and democratic.

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Learn what organizations around the world are doing
to help girls learn and how you can help .

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An educated girl has a ripple effect. Explore how giving a girl the tools to learn can
impact families, communities, and the world – for generations.

Let Girls Learn Twitter
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Let Girls Learn Peace Corps initiative
Let Girls Learn: Fact Sheet 
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FLOTUS daily travel diary on HelloGiggles

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8/26/14 FACT SHEET: Obama Administration Record for Women and Girls

11/13/14 Expanding Opportunity and Addressing Unique Challenges Facing Women and Girls of Color

1/16/15 Front and Center: Bringing Marginalized Girls into Focus in STEM and CTE Education

3/3/15 FACT SHEET: President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama Announce New Whole of Government Initiative, Let Girls Learn

9/24/15 Updated Guidance for First Lady Michelle Obama and the Let Girls Learn Initiative

10/13/15 FACT SHEET: First Lady Michelle Obama Announces New Commitments To The U.S. Government’s Let Girls Learn Initiative

11/2/15  First Lady Michelle Obama Op Ed: Let Girls Learn 

11/8/15 U.S. Government Announces Continued Commitment to Jordan’s Education Sector

6/28/16 FACT SHEET: First Lady Announces New Let Girls Learn Committment in Liberia

6/28/16 FACT SHEET: As part of the First Lady’s Visit to Morocco, the U.S. Government Announces New Programming to Help Address the Barriers that Prevent Adolescent Girls from Attaining an Education

7/1/16 Op-Ed by First Lady Michelle Obama For Girls, A Heartbreaking Loss — And An Opportunity

White House Council on Women and Girls

WOMEN AND GIRLS OF COLOR: ADDRESSING CHALLENGES AND EXPANDING OPPORTUNITY

 

Liberia, Morocco & Spain Map

June 15, 2016

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the First Lady

First Lady Michelle Obama to Travel to the Republic of Liberia,
the Kingdom of Morocco and the Kingdom of Spain for Let Girls Learn
As part of the Let Girls Learn initiative, the First Lady will make stops outside Monrovia and in Marrakech to highlight the US Government’s work to help adolescent girls go to school and stay in school; in Madrid, the First Lady will speak to girls and young women about the power of education and urge them to do their part to help girls worldwide fulfill their promise.

As part of Let Girls Learn, the First Lady – joined by Malia and Sasha Obama and Mrs. Marian Robinson – will visit Margibi County, Liberia; Marrakech, Morocco; and Madrid, Spain from June 27- July 1, 2016. The First Lady and her family will return to Washington, D.C. on July 1.

For more: http://photos.state.gov/libraries/spain/164311/home/white_house_michelle_obama_trip0616.pdf

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First Lady Michelle Obama’s  Travel Itinerary 

Sunday, June 26th

First Lady Michelle Obama, the first daughters and Mrs. Marian Robinson depart White House en route to Joint Base Andrews
South Lawn

First Lady Michelle Obama, the first daughters and Mrs. Marian Robinson depart  Joint Base Andrews en route to Monrovia, Liberia

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Monday, June 27th

First Lady Michelle Obama, the first daughters and Mrs. Marian Robinson arrive Monrovia, Liberia

First Lady Michelle Obama, the first daughters and Mrs. Marian Robinson are welcomed by Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Monrovia, Liberia

First Lady Obama meets with girls and young women participating in a GLOW (Girls Leading Our World) Camp at the Peace Corps Training Facility
Kakata, Liberia

First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a discussion with adolescent girls who have faced serious obstacles in attaining an education moderated by actress Freida Pinto
Unification Town, Liberia

First Lady Michelle Obama, the first daughters and Mrs. Marian Robinson overnight in Monrovia, Liberia

Tuesday, June 28th

First Lady Michelle Obama meets with employees and family members of the United States Embassy to Liberia

First Lady Michelle Obama, the first daughters and Mrs. Marian Robinson tour Monrovia, Liberia

First Lady Michelle Obama, the first daughters and Mrs. Marian Robinson depart Monrovia, Liberia en route to Marrakech, Morocco

First Lady Michelle Obama, the first daughters and Mrs. Marian Robinson arrive Marrakech, Morocco
Marrakech, Morocco

First Lady Michelle Obama, the first daughters and Mrs. Marian Robinson depart Monrovia are welcomed by Moroccan King Mohammed VI
Marrakech, Morocco and Her Royal Highness Lalla Salma

First Lady Michelle Obama is joined by Meryl Streep and Freida Pinto to participate in a conversation with adolescent girls moderated by CNN’s Isha Sesay
Marrakech, Morocco

First Lady Michelle Obama, the first daughters and Mrs. Marian Robinson attend an Iftar hosted by Her Royal Highness Lalla Salma
Marrakech, Morocco

First Lady Michelle Obama, the first daughters and Mrs. Marian Robinson over night in Marrakech, Morocco
Marrakech, Morocco

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Wednesday, June 29th

First Lady Michelle Obama meets with employees and family members of the United States Embassy to Morocco

First Lady Michelle Obama,delivers a speech on Let Girls Learn
Marrakech, Morocco

First Lady Michelle Obama, the first daughters and Mrs. Marian Robinson tour Marrakech
Marrakech, Morocco

First Lady Michelle Obama, the first daughters and Mrs. Marian Robinson depart Marrakech, Morocco
en route to Madrid, Spain

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Thursday, June 30th

First Lady Michelle Obama, the first daughters and Mrs. Marian Robinson arrive Madrid, Spain

First Lady Michelle Obama, the first daughters and Mrs. Marian Robinson are welcomed by Spanish King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia
Madrid, Spain

First Lady Michelle Obama delivers a speech on Let Girls Learn
Madrid, Spain

First Lady Michelle Obama meets with Her Majesty Queen Letizia following the Let Girls Learn event
Madrid, Spain

First Lady Michelle Obama, the first daughters and Mrs. Marian Robinson tour Madrid, Spain

First Lady Michelle Obama, the first daughters

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Friday, July 1st

First Lady Michelle Obama meets with employees and family members of the United States Embassy
Madrid, Spain

First Lady Michelle Obama, the first daughters and Mrs. Marian Robinson depart Madrid, Spain en route to the White House

First Lady Michelle Obama, the first daughters and Mrs. Marian Robinson arrive the White House
South Lawn

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CNN Films will be filming a documentary featuring the stories of girls in Liberia and Morocco who have overcome barriers to going to and staying in school to air in the fall of 2016.

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POTUS @ USAFA & FLOTUS @ CCNY Commencements 2016


President Obama to speak at Academy graduation June 2
U.S. Air Force Academy Public Affairs

April 14, 2016  U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo.

The White House confirmed April 14 that President Barack Obama is scheduled to be the commencement speaker for the Air Force Academy’s Class of 2016 graduation ceremony, June 2 at Falcon Stadium.

The visit will be Obama’s second visit to the Academy as president. He was the commencement speaker for the Class of 2012’s graduation ceremony.

For more: http://www.usafa.edu/superintendent/graduation/gradAttachments.cfm?catname=graduation

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US Air Force Academy Class of 2016
President Obama – Commencement Speaker
Thursday, 2 June 2016 @ 12:00 PM ET
Falcon Stadium, USAFA, COCommencement

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Live Stream: https://www.dvidshub.net/webcast/8726#.V0-H11f_-91

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First Lady Michelle Obama addresses City College of New York Class of 2016

April 4, 2016

First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver the commencement address during the 170thCommencement Ceremony at The City College of New York on Friday, June 3, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. on the South Campus Great Lawn on the CCNY campus in historic Harlem, where more than 3,000 students make up the Class of 2016.

The City College of New York is the first public higher education institution in New York City and has one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation. Established as a free institution dedicated to overcoming barriers to advancement, CCNY continues its mission of access to excellence and keeping tuition affordable.

For more: https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/news/first-lady-michelle-obama-addresses-city-college-new-york-class-2016

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The City College of New York’s Commencement 2016
First Lady Michelle Obama – Commencement Speaker
Friday, June 3rd @ 10:30 PM ET
City College South Campus Great Lawn, New York, New York

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Live Stream: www.ccny.cuny.edu

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Santa Fe Indian HS Commencement 2016

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April 4, 2016

SFIS Welcomes First Lady Michelle Obama as Commencement Speaker

Santa Fe, New Mexico – As part of the White House Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) Initiative, The First Lady will deliver the commencement address to the Class of 2016 at Santa Fe Indian School. Gen-I works to improve the lives of Native youth by promoting a national dialogue and programs to cultivate the next generation of Native leaders. Last year, the First Lady addressed the White House Tribal Youth Gathering in Washington, DC.

Originally founded in 1890, as a Federal off-reservation boarding school, the Santa Fe Indian School is currently owned and operated by the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico. Recently honored as a National Association Secondary School Breaking the Ranks Showcase School, SFIS is a leader in Native American education and proud of its history to educate the next generation of tribal leadership. Graduates of SFIS participate in the culture of their communities and will have the skills to pursue the education and careers that will benefit them, their families, and their people. For the past five years, SFIS has had an average graduation rate of 98%, and over 90% of this year’s graduating class plan to pursue a post-secondary degree.

For more: http://www.sfis.k12.nm.us/news/detail/sfis_welcomes_first_lady_michelle_obama_as_commencement_speaker

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First Lady Michelle Obama delivers the commencement address to Santa Fe Indian HS
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Santa Fe Indian High School Commencement 2016
First Lady Michelle Obama – Commencement Speaker
Thursday, May 26th @ 3:00 PM ET
Santa Fe Indian School, Santa Fe, New Mexico

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Live Stream: http://livestream.com/sfis/graduation

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U.S. Military Academy’s Class of 2016

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 The United States Military Academy develops cadets to live honorably, with uncompromising integrity, as U.S Army officers in service to the nation. The United States Military Academy has been educating, training, and inspiring leaders of character for our United States Army and for the nation for more than 200 years. West Point provides a 47-month leader-development program steeped in academic rigor, military discipline, and physical challenges, all built upon a moral-ethical foundation. The academy is an internationally recognized institution for academic, military and physical excellence, and we are proud that today’s cadets will become tomorrow’s military, public and private-sector leaders.

 

Vice President of the United States, Joseph Biden, will be the graduation speaker for the U.S. Military Academy’s Class of 2016. The ceremony will take place on Wednesday, May 28.

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U.S. Military Academy’s Class of 2016
President Barack Obama – Commencement Speaker
Saturday, May 21@ 10:00 AM ET
Michie Stadium, West Point, NY

Live Stream: http://www.usma.edu

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Natl Medals of Science & Technology and Innovation 2016 Ceremony

President Obama to Honor Nation’s Leading Scientists and Innovators

Today, the White House announced the latest recipients of the National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology and Innovation—our Nation’s highest honors for achievement and leadership in advancing the fields of science and technology. The new awardees will receive their medals at a White House ceremony early next year.

“Science and technology are fundamental to solving some of our Nation’s biggest challenges,” President Obama said. “The knowledge produced by these Americans today will carry our country’s legacy of innovation forward and continue to help countless others around the world. Their work is a testament to American ingenuity.”

The National Medal of Science was created by statute in 1959 and is administered for the White House by the National Science Foundation. Awarded annually, the Medal recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to science and engineering. The President receives nominations from a committee of Presidential appointees based on their extraordinary knowledge in and contributions to chemistry, engineering, computing, mathematics, and the biological, behavioral/social, and physical sciences.

For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/12/22/president-obama-honor-nations-leading-scientists-and-innovators

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This year’s recipients are listed below.

National Medal of Science Award 

Dr.        Armand Paul Alivisatos      
Dr.        Michael Artin      
Dr.        Albert Bandura      
Dr.        Stanley Falkow      
Dr.       Rakesh K. Jain      
Dr.        Shirley Ann Jackson      
Dr.        Mary-Claire King      
Dr.       Simon Asher Levin      
Dr.       Geraldine L. Richmond      

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National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Dr.       Joseph M. DeSimone      
Dr.        Robert E. Fischell      
Dr.        Arthur Gossard      
Dr.        Nancy W. Y. Ho      
Dr.        Chenming Hu      
Dr.        Cato T. Laurencin      
Dr.        Jonathan Marc Rothberg      

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National Medal of Science recipients database from 1962 to the present: http://www.nsf.gov/od/nms/recipients.jsp

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May 19, 2016
President Obama awards the National Medals of Science
& Technology and Innovation
White House

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The Great Society – 52nd Anniversary

Great Society Chart May 22, 1964 – The U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson (D) announces the goals of his Great Society social reforms to bring an “end to poverty and racial injustice” in America.

The Great Society program, with its name coined from one of Johnson’s speeches, became Johnson’s agenda for Congress in January 1965: aid to education, attack on disease, Medicare, Medicaid, urban renewal, beautification, conservation, development of depressed regions, a wide-scale fight against poverty, control and prevention of crime, and removal of obstacles to the right to vote. Congress, at times augmenting or amending, enacted most of Johnson’s recommendations. Johnson’s achievements in social policy were made possible by liberal strength, especially after the Democratic landslide of 1964.

After the Great Society legislation of the 1960s, for the first time, a person who was not elderly or disabled could receive need-based aid from the U.S. government.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyndon_B._Johnson#Great_Society

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President Lyndon B. Johnson’s
Remarks at the University of Michigan

May 22, 1964

President Hatcher, Governor Romney, Senators McNamara and Hart, Congressmen Meader and Staebler, and other members of the fine Michigan delegation, members of the graduating class, my fellow Americans:

It is a great pleasure to be here today. This university has been coeducational since 1870, but I do not believe it was on the basis of your accomplishments that a Detroit high school girl said, “In choosing a college, you first have to decide whether you want a coeducational school or an educational school.”

Well, we can find both here at Michigan, although perhaps at different hours.

I came out here today very anxious to meet the Michigan student whose father told a friend of mine that his son’s education had been a real value. It stopped his mother from bragging about him.

I have come today from the turmoil of your Capital to the tranquility of your campus to speak about the future of your country.

The purpose of protecting the life of our Nation and preserving the liberty of our citizens is to pursue the happiness of our people. Our success in that pursuit is the test of our success as a Nation.

For a century we labored to settle and to subdue a continent. For half a century we called upon unbounded invention and untiring industry to create an order of plenty for all of our people.

The challenge of the next half century is whether we have the wisdom to use that wealth to enrich and elevate our national life, and to advance the quality of our American civilization.

Your imagination, your initiative, and your indignation will determine whether we build a society where progress is the servant of our needs, or a society where old values and new visions are buried under unbridled growth. For in your time we have the opportunity to move not only toward the rich society and the powerful society, but upward to the Great Society.

The Great Society rests on abundance and liberty for all. It demands an end to poverty and racial injustice, to which we are totally committed in our time. But that is just the beginning.

For entire speech: http://www.lbjlib.utexas.edu/johnson/archives.hom/speeches.hom/640522.asp

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The Great Society at 50

May 19, 2014 by Karen Tumulty Washington Post

One day shortly after starting his new job as presidential adviser and speechwriter, Richard N. Goodwin was summoned to see the boss. Not to the Oval Office, but to the White House swimming pool, where Lyndon B. Johnson often went to ruminate.

Goodwin found the leader of the free world naked, doing a languorous sidestroke. Johnson invited him and top aide Bill Moyers to doff their own clothes: “Come on in, boys. It’ll do you good.”

It was an un­or­tho­dox manner of conducting official business. As they bobbed in the tepid water, the president “began to talk as if he were addressing some larger, imagined audience of the mind,” Goodwin later wrote in his memoir. The 32-year-old speechwriter forgot his chagrin as he was drawn by “the powerful flow of Johnson’s will, exhorting, explaining, trying to tell me something about himself, seeking not agreement — he knew he had that — but belief.”

This happened in early April 1964, just a little more than four months after a tragedy in Dallas had made Johnson the 36th president of the United States.

“I never thought I’d have the power,” Johnson told Goodwin and Moyers. “I wanted power to use it. And I’m going to use it.”

For more at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/national/2014/05/17/the-great-society-at-50/ http://youtu.be/kx0K637mBVE?t=1m51s

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POTUS @ HowardU & VPOTUS @ DSU Commencement 2016

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA TO DELIVER HOWARD UNIVERSITY 2016 COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS

Washington, D.C., (April 14, 2016) Howard University President, Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, announced today that United States President, Barack H. Obama, will deliver the keynote address during Howard University’s 2016 commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 7, 2016. The President will address members of the Class of 2016 and their families, University trustees, officers, faculty, staff, and alumni.

For more: https://www2.howard.edu/president-barack-obama-deliver-howard-university-2016-commencement-address

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Howard University’s Class of 2016
President Obama – Commencement Speaker
Saturday, May 7, 2016 @ 10:45 AM ET
Upper Quadrangle, Howard University, Washington, D.C.

Live Stream: https://www2.howard.edu/events/commencement

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Vice President Joseph Biden
Vice President Joseph Biden

VP Joe Biden to Give May 7 Commencement Address

 April 12, 2016

Delaware State University is proud to announce that Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., will deliver remarks at the May 7 DSU Commencement Ceremony, during which time the University will launch its celebration of its 125th anniversary as an institution of higher education.

The Honorable Joseph R. Biden will be the first American vice president  to speak at a DSU Commencement Ceremony.

For more: http://www.desu.edu/news/vp-joe-biden-give-may-7-commencement-address

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Delaware State University’s Class of 2016
Vice President Joe Biden – Commencement Speaker
Saturday, May 7 @ 9:30 AM ET
Wellness and Recreation Center, Delaware State University, Dover, DE

Live Stream: https://youtu.be/Q50nl5SKCGo 

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