Music: "This Is For My Girls"

What happens when you combine some of the most well-known female powerhouses, the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, and a charity focusing on improving educational opportunities for young women across the world? Well, you would get “This Is For My Girls.”


    Written by Grammy winner Diane Warren and produced by AOL Makers, the song serves as a global call-to-action. The Let Girls Learn initiative shines a light on the importance of education for young women and their efforts are currently helping the 62 million girls around the world who are not in school get an education.


    Michelle Obama is known for teaming up with strong female vocalists to produce songs that will make you want to move. In April 2011, she teamed up with Beyonce to remix her song “Get Me Bodied” called “Move Your Body” to promote physical activity amongst children. This time around, she’s teamed up with Kelly Clarkson, Chloe and Halle, Missy Elliot, Jadagrace, Lea Michele, Janelle Monáe, Kelly Rowland, and Zendaya, who all lend their vocals to the catchy girl empowerment tune.


    Although the trumpets will get you hooked from the beginning, the lyrics are really what shine through with this track. The chorus contains the lines, ”This is for my girls, all around the world/ Stand up, hold your head up, don't take nothing from nobody/ This is for my girls, stand up and be heard/ This is for my ladies, my sisters, all over, this is for my girls.” You’ll definitely feel empowered after listening and want to share it with all of the strong, powerful females in your life.


    The song is currently available on iTunes, with all of the proceeds going towards the Let Girls Learn initiative. If you’d like to know more about the Let Girls Learn initiative and their efforts to improve educational opportunities for young women, check out their website.


    As if the song wasn’t catchy enough on its own, check out Michelle Obama’s Carpool Karaoke with James Corden, featuring special guest Missy Elliot, as they jam out to the track around the 9:20 mark.


Photo by Bobby Neptune for USAID.

Mika Matias