From: Kate Glassman Bennett [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, March 08, 2016 1:45 PM
To: Rosholm, Joanna; Donohue, Kelsey
Subject: FLOTUS Pool Report 4 - remarks
About 300 people were seated inside the industrial event space at Union Market, a garage-like room with lights strung from the ceiling. While awaiting the First Lady's entrance, the soundtrack played girl power hits like Destiny's Child's "Survivor" and TLC's "No Scrubs." Your pooler counted 10 men in the audience, the rest were women.
US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, in black slacks and a purple silk blouse, gave opening remarks about the importance of girls' education, and the work that the Let Girls Learn program has done in its first year of existence. She also noted the men vs women statistics at the UN: 36 out of 193 of the Ambassadors are women; Power is the only woman on the 15-member UN Security Council.
Powers closed her remarks, which lasted about 6 minutes, by telling Mrs. Obama that when she asked her 6-year-old son whom he liked better, Bryce Harper or Michelle Obama, he said "Tied."
Mrs. Obama opened her speech at approximately 12:22 with the aforementioned tribute to Nancy Reagan.
She went on to speak for approximately 20 minutes about how she was inspired to help girls' education:
"The moment our heart first broke and we felt that first flare of outrage when we realized that 62 million girls worldwide...aren't getting the opportunities that we sometimes take for granted." "For me it was the drumbeat of horrifying stories..."
She also spoke about different instances of girls around the world, and how their
tragic circumstances should not be an impediment to getting an education, the "gateway" to success. "These girls risk everything just to go to school each day."
The first lady said she would be rolling out the "next social media phase" of Let Girls Learn when she speaks 3/16 at the SXSW festival in Austin, TX.
In closing: "Those girls will be so grateful because they are all of us, they are my daughters, and they are you." She also thanked crowd for efforts in this first year of the Let Girls Learn program.
Full transcript to come from FLOTUS press office.
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