The Trump Administration has continued with their policy of defunding Obama programs while simultaneously devaluing women by announcing the end of Michelle Obama's Let Girls Learn initiative. Let Girls Learn, which the Obamas started in 2015, was a program that used a holistic approach to foster educational opportunities for adolescent girls in developing countries. It brought various departments and organizations together such as the peace corps and the Department of State to look at education through lenses such as health and wellness. It was a primary pillar of Michelle’s platform as First Lady. She often highlighted the need to educate women in her speeches and has talked numerous times about the role of education in her own life. Before the end of the Obama administration, she helped raise substantial private sector money for the program in hopes of securing it within the next administration’s platform.
While some aspects of the program will continue, CNN obtained an internal document that states the program, in name, will end immediately. This news comes the same day that a Trump appointee gutted guidelines on school lunches. Ironically, women's empowerment and education are said to be a key aspect of the current First Lady's agenda, as well as of Ivanka Trump's. And Trump, of course, has infamously said he has "tremendous respect for women" and that "Nobody has more respect for women than I do."
The Twitterverse has been quick to point out the hypocrisy.
Preach, Twitter, preach.
Image via Let Girls Learn
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Miriam Mosher graduated from Smith College before moving to New York where she is a writer by day and beer maven by night. She is a proud feminist, a champion of the semicolon and an avid thrifter. See more from Miriam at Bushwick Daily and Two Cities Literary Review.