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Council on Women and Girls Friday Highlights

The First Lady speaks at the commencement ceremony of Quantico Middle/High School, honoring the graduating seniors from military families for their strength and compassion towards others.

Welcome to the Council on Women and Girls Weekly Highlights! This week, the President and First Lady welcomed Chancellor Angela Merkel of the Federal Republic of Germany to the White House for an Official Visit. Chancellor Merkel is etching cracks in the glass ceiling of inequality by becoming Germany’s first female Chancellor. Her visit serves as a testament to our Administration’s commitment to increasing international peace through allied partnerships.

First Lady Michelle Obama will continue to spread the message of international cooperation as she travels to Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa and Gaborone, Botswana during an official visit later this month. The trip, which will focus on youth leadership, education, health and wellness, is a continuation of Mrs. Obama’s work to engage young people at home and abroad.

You can be a part of this great movement by becoming a Champion of Change. Additionally, we encourage you to look in your community and nominate an everyday hero who has performed an exemplary deed of service to be a Champion of Change. For more information on the Champions of Change initiative and how to nominate an outstanding citizen, please visit To nominate someone to be selected as a Champion of Change, please review the criteria for this honor.

And remember, if you have friends or family who would like to join our Council on Women and Girls efforts, please have them click here.

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Joining Forces| The Strength, Resilience of Military Families

The First Lady to Travel to South Africa

Secretary Hilda Solis Speaks Out: 100 Years of Apprenticeship

Quality Healthcare At Work

Champions of Change: HIV/AIDS – 30 Years of Activism on the Frontlines

Vice President & Dr. Jill Biden Address Troops in Italy

President Barack Obama’s Weekly Address

“A Partnership Between Our Peoples” | Video

West Wing Week

Be a Champion of Change: Nominate a Leader in Your Community

Monique Dorsainvil is a Staff Assistant in the Office of Public Engagement focusing on the Council on Women and Girls and LGBT Outreach