The Day I Met My #GIRLHERO, First Lady Michelle Obama

International Day of the Girl

This is a guest post by Rocio Ortega. Rocio is a senior at Wellesley College and a former Girl Up Teen Advisor. She hails from East Los Angeles, Calif.

Truth be told, the list of reasons of why Michelle Obama is a #GIRLHERO is endless.

From her Let Girls Learn initiative to educate the 62 million girls who are not in school to her Let’s Move! campaign for healthy living, Michelle Obama represents the courage and energy inside all of us.

She goes by FLOTUS (First Lady of the United States), but she is also a wife, a mother and daughter like you and me. She uses her platform and shares her life experiences to show how girls around the world can reach their potential when given the tools to succeed.

At this year’s Girl Up Leadership Summit, I had the honor of introducing (and hugging) Michelle Obama. Backstage I told her that my mother will be watching the live stream and that I was nervous going onstage – because who wouldn’t be nervous introducing Michelle Obama?!

Just as I was about to go onstage, I took one last look at FLOTUS and she told me something I’ll never forget …

“Go make mom proud!”

BOOM! That’s all I needed to hear to make my voice heard.

Michelle Obama inspires me to be strong, fierce and powerful and for those reasons and more, she is my #GIRLHERO.


  • In school, we learn that our voices matter. Join First Lady Michelle Obama and Girl Rising for their #62milliongirls campaign to let girls learn. Tweet or Instagram a black and white portrait and share what you learned in school: “In school, I learned ____. #62MillionGirls don’t have that chance.”
  • Share your #GIRLHERO. Select a girl who inspires you – your#GIRLHERO. Post a photo of her on social media, tag her, and write why you think she is a #GIRLHERO.