Obama: ‘Every Girl Deserves an Education’

The day before International Women’s Day, President Obama’s weekly address was an ode to his wife, first lady Michelle Obama.

This week, the two launched a new initiative based around girls’ education.

“Let Girls Lean” has a goal to “help more girls around the world go to school and stay in school,” Obama said in his weekly address.

The president noted that six million girls who should be in school, but are not.

“And that’s not an accident,” Obama said. “It’s the direct result of barriers, large and small, that stand in the way of girls who want to learn.”

Any country that wants to partner with the U.S. is welcome to, Obama noted, so long as they know they “need to get serious about increasing the number of girls in school.”