While discussing young women as future leaders, the first lady had this to say: “We have to start with them while they’re young and instill in girls a sense of confidence. That’s why sports are so important. They teach you how to compete — how to fall down and get back up. And there are organizations like the Girl Scouts: They nurture self-confidence and give girls the chance to practice being in charge. We’ve got to give young women the opportunities to be leaders.”
She continued by saying, “It’s not just about what we want for our girls… we also think about the girls who grew up like we grew up: in working-class neighborhoods where they didn’t have sports programs. Or in a single-parent home. They need to be encouraged, too.”
Read more of Michelle Obama’s interview, which also includes President Obama, in the latest issue of Ladies’ Home Journal on newsstands now.