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Hi there,

I’m writing this just after dropping my daughter off at school for the very first time—and I confess I was a bit emotional. She is only three years old but she already loves to learn. She pores over her picture books and is so curious about the world around her.

She was excited to start school today, although I am not sure she yet realizes exactly what that means or the power school holds. As I packed her backpack, I felt incredibly grateful. I know how fortunate she is to have the chance to go to school this year and to pursue any dream that she chooses.
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But not every girl has that chance. Right now, more than 130 million girls around the world are not in school—98 million of whom are adolescents.

When girls get the opportunities they deserve, amazing things start to happen; poverty goes down, economies grow, families get stronger, and babies are born healthier. The world, by all accounts, gets better. I want that opportunity for every girl around the world, not just those who are fortunate enough to live in a place that provides them with those opportunities. I do this work every day in honor of my daughter and girls all around the world who deserve to reach their full potential—and I’m hoping you will join me.

As a new school year begins, the Girls Opportunity Alliance and I are challenging you to take action for girls around the world. Support one of the grassroots projects on our Fund in honor of someone you love who is going back to school.

We hope you’ll also answer Michelle Obama’s call to share a favorite back-to-school photo—post a throwback of your own school portrait or your child heading to school on social media with the hashtag #GirlsOpportunityAlliance.
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We can’t wait to see how you’ll show your support for girls around the world!

Tiffany Drake
Executive Director, Girls Opportunity Alliance
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