Michelle Obama has teamed up with some of music’s top talents to create a must-listen girls' empowerment song. “This Is For My Girls” was written by the inimitable songwriter Diane Warren and features the vocals of Lea Michele, Zendaya, Kelly Clarkson, Missy Elliott, Janelle Monaé and Kelly Rowland. The track was released in conjunction with the First Lady’s keynote address at the SXSW festival on Wednesday (Mar. 16).
“This is for my girls, all around the world,” belts out the star-studded super group in the track, which is being touted as the new girl power anthem. Michelle has always been a dedicated advocate for women's rights, but in March 2015, the mother of two unveiled a new government initiative targeted at adolescent girls.
Let Girls Learn is solely devoted to ensuring education is available to every young girl around the world. The organization defines its work as: "a holistic approach to support the whole girl" and works closely with governments and NGOs around the globe to break down barriers that prevent education and provide resources to areas of conflict and crisis.
Michelle's cause is also at the heart of Lena Dunham's Lenny newsletter this week. The 52-year-old penned a passionate essay entitled "Why Global Girls' Education Is So Personal For Me." In the piece she writes, "Because as I’ve traveled the world as First Lady, I have met these girls, and they are so smart and hardworking, and so hungry for an education. I see myself in these girls — in their ambition and their determination to rise above their circumstances."
Stars like Alicia Keys, Jennifer Garner, Anne Hathaway and Joe Manganiello have showed their support for Let Girls Learn by appearing in promotional videos and campaigns. The new single is currently available on iTunes, with proceeds going to the support Michelle's organization.