Malala and Michelle Obama Sat Down to Reflect on the Importance of Girls’ Education

Former first lady Michelle Obama speaks during an event on her book tour in Washington, DC, Nov. 17, 2018.

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Why Global Citizens Should Care

Several barriers stop girls around the world from missing out on their education. The UN’s Global Goal 5 aims to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. You can join us and take action on this issue here.

Two of the most influential women in the world just came together to talk about the importance of education with a teen girl from Kolkata, India.

Teen Vogue facilitated a conversation between former US first lady Michelle Obama, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai, and 17-year-old student Priya Mondol ahead of International Day of the Girl on Oct. 11. “My Voice, Our Equal Future” is this year’s theme for the United Nations advocacy day to raise awareness about gender inequality. 

Yousafzai kicked

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Former Obama education secretary forms political group

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A former U.S. education secretary and potential candidate for governor of Maryland in 2022 announced a new political group in the state on Monday that includes other alumni of former President Barack Obama’s administration.

John King, Jr., who served as Obama’s education secretary in the last year of his presidency, said Strong Future Maryland will focus on helping Maryland recover from the coronavirus pandemic and battling systemic racism.

King also said the group will focus on advancing action to fight climate change.

“This effort is really one to try to put some additional wind in the sail of progressive policy change in the legislature,” King, who lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, said in an interview Monday.


King said he has raised more than $1 million to fund the organization.

Strong Future Maryland will include other former officials in the Obama administration, including Denis McDonough, who was

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Obama education chief: Trump sounding ‘dog whistle’ in bashing 1619 Project

Trump has railed in recent weeks against “critical race theory” and the 1619 Project by The New York Times, which centers the telling of U.S. history around the effects of slavery and contributions of Black individuals and now offers curriculum for schools. The president has also been advocating for “patriotic education” and promising to create a new federal commission to advance that objective.

Last week, the president said he would establish a new “1776 commission” by executive action, in order to encourage educators to teach children about “the miracle of American history” and make plans to honor the 250th anniversary of America’s founding.

The federal government is barred by law from dictating curriculum, however.

Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson said her school district was one of the first systems to adopt the 1619 Project in its curriculum. As a former history teacher, Jackson said the most “powerful” part of

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