US First Lady Michelle Obama joins a panel to discuss the importance of girls' education during an event at the Apollo Theatre in New York. Julie Noce reports.
First Lady Michelle Obama had some empowering words for girls and young women during an event on the importance of girls' education. When it comes to prioritising your goals, don't let love interests stand in your way. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MICHELLE OBAMA, FIRST LADY OF THE UNITED STATES, SAYING: "If I had worried about who liked me and who thought I was cute when I was your age, I wouldn't be married to the President of the United States today." The event was organized by Glamour magazine and featured a panel discussion with the First Lady, actress Charlize Theron, former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and others. Charlize Theron told the crowd that girls need to take ownership of their destiny. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHARLIZE THERON, ACTRESS, SAYING: "There is nothing sexier than a smart woman. We have been told to live by a certain mold, women, especially women, and it's time to break it. And it is up to us to do that. Stop waiting for men to do that." The event was in conjunction with Michelle Obama's White House initiative, 'Let Girls Learn' aims to reduce the number of girls not in school.