Michelle Obama Donates $500,000 of Memoir Proceeds to Support Education for Girls

Former First Lady Michelle Obama has been a huge advocate for the empowerment of women and girls. Now she’s furthering her efforts to ensure that girls around the globe have access to education.

According to People, on Giving Tuesday Obama donated $500,000 to the Girls Opportunity Alliance Fund.

The generous gift is mostly derived from merchandise sales from Obama’s memoir, Becoming, which sold more than 11.7 million copies across all formats worldwide since its publication.

“Over the past year I’ve been incredibly blessed and humbled by the response to my book, and I’m proud to channel that enthusiasm toward girls around the world,” she said in a statement. “My hope is that this donation will help more bold and brilliant girls reach their fullest potential, continuing upward on their path toward becoming the women they are meant to be.”

The donation will fund current and future projects supported by the Girls Opportunity Alliance Fund, including a new series of projects supported by the Fund in Vietnam, according to the statement.

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