First Lady Michelle Obama joined Laura Bush during the U.S Africa Leadership Summit for a symposium focusing on the advancement of women and girls in Africa. During the discussion, First Lady let it be known what so many of us already know – Women are smarter than men. 😉
Here is what she had to say while President Bush sat in for the conversation:
“Once again, I always go back to young people. We meet — I know I do — we meet thousands of just wonderful young people in our countries and around the world. And to have a seven year old or a 12 year old walk up to you or send you a letter and tell them thank you for what you do, I look up to you, you inspire me. That reminds us all that whether we like it or not, we are role models. And as women, we have — the young girls in our worlds, in our countries, they’re looking to us. They’re looking to us for how we should be, how we should think, how to use our voices.
And as a result, we have a responsibility to show them the way in whatever way we can. And that may be something as simple as embracing a child on the line and telling them that they’re beautiful and that you’re proud of them, and that you know that they’re important and they’re valued. I think about that, because every time I meet a child I think, who knows what’s going on in her life, whether she was just bullied or whether she had a bad day at school or whether she lost a parent — that interaction that we have with that individual, that child for that moment, could change their life.
So we can’t waste this spotlight. It is temporary and life is short, and change is needed. And women are smarter than men.”