Originally published on March 16, 2016 by Jim Lenahan on USAToday.
Amid bursting out in song and regaling the crowd with tales of her tough upbringing on the South Side of Chicago, Michelle Obama told a crowd at the South by Southwest Music Festival that new educational efforts are needed for 62 million women around the world who do not attend school.
The first lady used the music forum to promote educational projects by Let Girls Learn, a U.S. government initiative that aims to provide the public with ways that they can help girls get a quality education. The project is partly funded by a new song by a group of female recording artists.
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