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In honor of International Women’s Day, former First Lady Michelle Obama surprised 12 students at a combined middle and high school in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday.
On Wednesday, former First Lady Michelle Obama surprised 12 students at a local Washington, D.C. combined middle school and high school in honor of International Women’s Day.
The meeting was documented via the social media platform Snapchat, where various photos and video clips of Mrs. Obama interacting with the students can be viewed.
Her Snapchat story begins as she walks into a classroom at the Cardozo Education Campus where she was met with gasps and “oh my God’s” from students shocked to see the influential former first lady in the flesh.
She declares to the camera, filling in viewers watching from the app:
‘We’re celebrating International Women’s Day with a group of amazing women, and we’re going to talk about the importance of education in their lives and mine.’
Mrs. Obama praised the school, calling it “amazing” as she introduced herself to the young women. She then proceeded to take photos before holding a roundtable discussion to talk about education.
A subsequent Snapchat shows Obama smiling as she teases the girls, asking if they knew she was coming:
‘Did you know? You didn’t know.’
You can view photos of her Snapchat story below:
During her eight years in the White House alongside former President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama has never been shy in regards to speaking up about women’s rights.
In March of 2015, the Obamas launched Let Girls Learn, a government initiative aimed at ensuring adolescent girls around the world have access to the education they deserve. Let Girls Learn is a partnership with the State Department, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Peace Corps, the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), and the U.S. President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS.
Last year, Mrs. Obama celebrated both International Women’s Day and the first anniversary of the foundation in an address to hundreds of young American women.
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