The Power of the Educated Woman

“There is nothing sexier than a smart woman,” said Charlize Theron at Glamour’s The Power of an Educated Girl panel. The actress and HIV/AIDS activist joined forces with first lady Michelle Obama to talk about the importance of education. “There’s no one reason why girls are not in school; it really varies from community to community,” said Obama. “It could be a fundamental mind-set that fathers and leaders and mothers believe that their girls aren’t as worthy as their boys are to get an education. You have to attack that mind-set from the bottom up.”

Theron and Obama urged panel viewers to use social media as a way of transforming the notion of female education from the ground up. Obama encouraged panel attendees to post a selfie with the caption “what I learned in school” with the hashtag #62MillionGirls, referencing the number of young women around the world you aren’t getting an education.

Theron and Obama encouraged the panel audience to consider how lucky they are to be getting an education and to be proud of their minds. Both women talked about how sexy and powerful an educated woman is. “There is no boy at this age that is cute enough or interesting enough to stop you from getting your education,” said Obama. “If I worried about who liked me and who thought I was cute when I was your age, I wouldn’t be married to the president of the United States.” Those are some very wise words from the first lady.

Want to join Theron and Obama in the fight for female education? Post your own “what I learned in school” selfie, and make sure to include the hashtag #62MillionGirls.

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