Michelle Obama Releases International Women’s Day That Has Melania Looking Like A Fool

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On Thursday, people across the world celebrated International Women’s Day. According to The Guardian:

‘Pioneering and overlooked women were recognized, like photographer Diane Arbus who today received her New York Times obituary. Protests were held in Spain, London and France to demand equality.’

During a series of interviews with girls hosted by Refinery 29, former First Lady Michelle Obama gave her advice to 16-year-old Alejandra Teleguario Santizo of Guatemala:

‘My best advice to girls, including my own daughters, is do not be afraid to fail. So often, our own fear of failure is the thing that keeps us back.’

Obama said:

‘So often, our own fear of failure is the thing that keeps us back. We think we have to be perfect, that if we make even the tiniest mistake, it’s a catastrophe. That’s simply not true! In fact, the only way you succeed in life is by failing and failing well. And by that I mean you cannot let your failures eat you up or make you want to quit. You have to learn from them, let them challenge and inspire you to do more — to take some risks and to step outside of your comfort zone.’

She also pointed out that it is important for girls to support one another, saying:

‘I also advise girls to be supportive of each other. I cannot say this enough! Too often we’re taught that we have to compete, or that someone else’s failure is our success. But we can all rise together; we can all win.’

Santizo, at only 16 years old, began to speak out against sexual violence and street harassment in her community through local radio programs with the help of Rise Up’s Let Girls Lead initiative. Santizo explained to Michelle Obama why education is so important to her:

‘Schools in my community in Guatemala are missing many basic infrastructures, like computers, desks, and materials, as well as curriculums that promote both the personal and social development of young girls, particularly indigenous girls. Recently, an indigenous friend of mine was forced by her family to drop out and marry because she got pregnant. It’s still a common cultural practice for indigenous girls and girls in rural areas to live in informal unions when they’re very young, which is something my network of girl leaders is advocating against.’

Photo via Refinery 29

Alejandra asked Mrs. Obama:

‘Who are some of the women you most admire and why?’

Obama said:

‘I deeply admire the young women and girls I’ve met around the world who are fighting so hard to get an education. These girls are so bright and passionate. And they’re so hungry to learn. They get up before dawn, they spend hours harvesting crops, cooking for their families, and tending to their younger siblings. They walk for hours each day to get to school, often at great risk to their personal safety. Then they come home and work jobs as maids and in factories before they then study for hours late into the night. So many of these girls have such big plans for their lives; they dream of attending college, of becoming doctors, teachers, engineers, and entrepreneurs. I’m in awe of their courage and determination. They are my heroes!’

Michelle Obama also met with two year-old Parker Curry who was mesmerized by the former first lady’s portrait hanging in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. Hopefully, Parker will be a great female leader one day too.

Twitter seems to love Michelle too:

Featured image by Paul Morigi/Getty Images

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