1. Various of actress Meryl Streep walking to podium
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Meryl Streep, Actress:
"The strength and the wealth of every nation is directly related to the health and well-being, to the opportunity and agency and education of women and girls. Places that hold women back suffer, economically, they suffer in esteem around the world and the places that empower women thrive. I'm so very, very honored to have been invited to contribute with the film that the doc group and CNN has made, "We Will Rise." This is such an incredible initiative, the First Lady has launched."
4. SOUNDBITE (English) First Lady Michelle Obama:
"That's what Let Girls Learn is about, it's about telling the stories of these girls and girls like them across the globe not just their challenges and their struggles but their dreams and their aspirations, which are big. Their unrelenting bravery and determination, yes, I'm talking about you all, the miles they have to walk each day just to get to school, the hours they spend each night studying making their families proud. Their refusal to give up even in the face of some overwhelming odds that would stifle many of us, because since we launched Let Girls Learn, time and again we have seen that whether it's a head of state, a corporate CEO or a teenage girl here in the U.S., when people hear your stories the stories of girls who aren't in school, they're moved and they're outraged and better yet they want to help and that was certainly true for me. These girls and girls like them are my inspiration, I carry their stories with me every single day, and it was a privilege to bring my mother and my daughters with me to Liberia and Morocco and for them to get to meet you , that was our very last trip together during our time in the White House so it was special for so many different reasons because while we represent three different generations, each of us, my mom, my daughters, myself we saw ourselves in these young women that we met and their passion and their intellect and their resolve and I hope that this movie about their lives will serve as a call to action. I hope that people around the world will be as inspired as I am to step up and to speak out on behalf of girls around the world who struggle to go to school."
First Lady Michelle Obama hosted a film screening of the documentary 'We Will Rise: Michelle Obama's Mission to Educate Girls Around the World' in celebration of International Day of the Girl and the Let Girls Learn initiative.
The CNN film tells the story of adolescent girls overcoming challenges to achieve their respective educations and change their own lives.
Award-winning actress Meryl Streep, who contributed to the film, called the Let Girls Learn initiative incredible, adding that countries that 'hold women back suffer economically and in esteem around the world.'
The First Lady said that she carries the stories of the young girls featured in the film with her every single day, adding that she hopes people around the world are equally inspired.