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Quotation

In these girls, Barack and I see our own daughters. We see their hopes, their dreams – and we can only imagine the anguish their parents are feeling right now. Many of them may have been hesitant to send their daughters off to school, fearing that harm might come their way. But they took that risk because they believed in their daughters’ promise and wanted to give them every opportunity to succeed.

— Excerpt from First Lady Michelle Obama’s weekly address marking Mother’s Day and and condemning the horrific kidnapping of schoolgirls in Nigeria.