March 19th, 2009
02:17 PM ET
13 years ago

Female leaders, first lady head to DC schools

[cnn-photo-caption image= 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.

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soundoff (70 Responses)
  1. Glennis

    Oh goody! Another feel good dog and pony show. How about promoting actual education for a change? That would be a novel approach to the crisis in our schools.

    March 19, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  2. sherry

    One word.....Refreshing.

    How wonderful to have the Obama's in the white house.....Michelle is a class act , a truely compassionate first lady.

    March 19, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  3. Becky, Midwest

    Oh, Michelle, shut up. I don't care what you do or what you say. I only care about your husbands perpetual campaign and how he can get us out of this mess.

    March 19, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  4. The Death of America by Obama

    Does she ever do anything for white kids? I've never seen it.

    March 19, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  5. The Death of America by Obama


    March 19, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  6. sherry

    One word " Refreshing."

    How happy I am to have the Obama's in the white house.
    Michelle is a wonderful first Lady , so kind and compassionate.

    March 19, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  7. sherry

    Michelle Obama is without a doubt a wonderful first Lady.
    Her devotion and compassion to the community and the ordinary folks far exceeds her predessers before her.

    March 19, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  8. Harry

    This is a joke. I think this is the first time.......she is enjoying it in her life.

    March 19, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  9. Concerned American

    While I love first lady, where I see her picture she suyrrounds herself only by African Americans.... not sure why.

    March 19, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  10. USAF(Ret)Grandpop

    Ms. Obama, Thank You! Youth need you! Mom's or Dad's do your part right!

    March 19, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  11. chuck


    March 19, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  12. Willy Brown

    Hey FLOtus is back!

    March 19, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  13. Chris from NY

    Our stories are similar except that some made it and some didn't. It takes courage and willingness to climb the success ladder . All that these asks is that they be given a plain field. Not a hand out.

    March 19, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  14. AVEE capitalcityVA

    Good job First Lady. See if you can get Ms. C. Rice for your next meeting of positive women before the month is out. There is nothing more motivating to young girls, especially in the D.C. area, than two prominent African-American women staking their claim in history.

    March 19, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  15. get rid of campbell brown

    how can the idiots who spew their vitriol on these blogs not like this woman? she is an inspiration. something that is sorely needed in this time as we overhaul education so that everyone has a fair chance to succeed.

    March 19, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  16. Jackie in Dallas

    OK, derogatory comments from the right-wing nuts in 3...2...1!

    This is a part of her job as First Lady, an important part. I applaud her cool, her ability to bring such an amazing group of women together for the purpose of inspiring young women, and hope that they can each inspire even just one young girl into going for their dream as an athlete, an artist, a lawyer, a teacher, a scientist. Positive role models are important, and this certainly presents a good group of them!

    March 19, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  17. The Last Patriot

    Michelle Obama to poor D.C. school girls: Remember you can be anything. You can be a singer like Alicia Keys, or a gymnast like Dominique Dawes, or even an astronaut like Mae Jemison.

    Poor D.C. school girl (with wide eyes): That sounds great Mrs. Obama, I am inspired now, but can I go to the good private school in D.C., just like your kids Sasha and Malia?

    Michelle Obama: No young poor D.C. school girl, you cannot go to that good private school and get a top notch education. You have to go to the crummy, dilapidated, failing public schools because my husband, like most Democrats, is totally beholden to the teachers unions and public school administrators, and he is ok with you getting a sub-par education, as long as those folks can continue to suck at the government teet.

    March 19, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  18. no corporate politics

    Just think girls, someday you can come up with life changing ideas, Like Hillary Clinton and Universal Healthcare.

    Oh wait – that idea was stolen by some man who took her future job.

    March 19, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  19. jake

    she's a class act!

    March 19, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  20. Obama Victim

    she is a national embarassment

    March 19, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
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