Flotus, Michelle Obama hosted a White House screening of the documentary We Will Rise on Tuesday. The documentary stems from the first ladies, passion for empowering girls around the globe to become educated. The project received a rousing send-off Tuesday at a White House screening that included Meryl Streep, and Andra Day.
Michelle Obama said the film is an important reminder of the courage and determination some girls have to make just to pursue their education. Several of the film’s subjects were on hand for the screening. They participated in a panel discussion in advance of the screening, hosted by CNN correspondent Isha Sesay.
“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,” the first lady said. “Their unrelenting bravery and determination … 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.”
Actress Meryl Streep, who also joined the first lady on her June trip, praised her dedication to enriching the lives of young women throughout the world. “Places that hold women back suffer economically and in esteem,” she said. Streep said she was delighted to participate in the “incredible initiative.”