[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/03/19/art.getty.m.obama.anacostia.jpg caption="Michelle Obama spoke to students at Anacostia High School in Washington, DC Thursday."](CNN) – It's another star-studded event at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Grammy-award winners Alicia Keyes and Sheryl Crow, Olympic gold-medalist gymnast Dominique Dawes, astronaut Mae Jemison and others joined Michelle Obama at the White House Thursday to participate in a series of events honoring National Women's History Month.
"This was one of my dreams…gathering an amazing group of women together and going out and talking to young girls around the country," Mrs. Obama said to the group. "They need to be reminded that we're close, this isn't a distant relationship. There's nothing more powerful than going into their space and having that kind of conversation. That's what today is all about."
Mrs. Obama and her team fanned out to high-schools around the DC area to encourage young women to pursue their dreams and forge a career path. The first lady headed to Washington's Anacostia High School to participate in a roundtable conversation with students.
"Our task is really simple – just to share our stories with them. So many of us will be able to see part of ourselves in these young people," the first lady told the female leaders. "Our job is really to just share our stories to make these kids understand that where we stand today is not an impossibility. Just be open, be honest, be real, be clear, and have fun."
Mrs. Obama will host a reception at the White House this evening, followed by dinner in the East Room.
"Imagine what they're going to feel like at the end of this day," the first lady told the star-powered group.