From: Torey Van Oot [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, September 19, 2016 4:47 PM
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Cc: Torey Van Oot Davis
Subject: FLOTUS POOL Report #2
FLOTUS has concluded her welcoming remarks at Broadway Shines A Light on Girls' Education.
Pooler is told that a transcript of her remarks, which lasted about 5 minutes, will be released.
Here are some highlights:
The First Lady said the issue of education "has always been personal," noting that many people she knew growing up, including her parents, didn't go to college.
“I can tell you that education was everything for me," she said. "It opened doors. It gave me confidence to pursue my ambitions and get my voice heard in the world. For me, education was power.”
FLOTUS urged first spouses in the audience to use their platforms to stress the importance of educating girls, tell their stories, and inspire people to take action on their behalf. "Lobby your spouses, talk directly to your citizens, especially your young people," FLOTUS said.
An estimated 62 million girls worldwide are not in school, according to Let Girls Learn. Half of those girls are adolescents.
FLOTUS was introduced by Stephen Colbert, who got laughs when he described her as one of the most admired figures in the world, despite constantly reminding people to eat their vegetables.
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