US First Lady Michelle Obama has released a new song to promote female empowerment, a jamming number called 'This is for My Girls'.
The track, which has an upbeat, poppy, R&B feel to it, features the voices of Missy Elliott, Janelle Monae, Kelly Clarkson, Lea Michele, Zendaya, and others.
“It’s kind of like We Are the World meets Lady Marmalade with these strong voices and strong women,” Dianne Warren, who wrote the song, told Billboard.
The song, produced by AOL Makers, can be purchased on iTunes. But you can hear a snippet of the track below. It's a real banger! Especially Missy Elliott's rap which she wrote herself.
Mrs Obama, who's own voice doesn't appear in the track, commissioned the song for her Let Girls Learn project, which is part of her global education initiative #62MillionGirls. The initative was announced in September last year.
"[The initiative] seeks to help the more than 62 million girls around the world who are not in school – half of whom are adolescent – go to school and stay in school," reads the official website.
The website also describes how several of these young girls have "diminished economic opportunities" as they are more likely to contract HIV/AIDS, be forced into an early marriage, or be the victim of violence. However through education, girls become more self-sufficient and can live an improved quality of life.
The proceeds from sales of this track will go to the Peace Corps Let Girls Learn Fund.
Warren says the women featured on the new song were chosen for being the strong, powerful women that they are.
“Aside from being great singers, they’re all strong women. Like Kelly Clarkson, she doesn’t take sh*t from anybody, you know? None of these girls do," she said.
Along with the release of this track, Mrs Obama wrote a letter for Lena Dunham's newsletter 'Lenny', highlighting the importance of education for girls, especially those in less-advantaged communities.
“I’ve met girls who make long, dangerous journeys each day to school and then come home and study for hours each night. I’ve met girls studying at rickety desks in bare concrete classrooms who are raising their hands so hard they’re almost falling out of their chairs. I see myself in these girls – in their ambition and their determination to rise above their circumstances.”
- Michelle Obama, from her letter in 'Lenny' newsletter.
Mrs Obama also spoke about #62MillionGirls at the SXSW festival last Wednesday, a few days after the song was released.