In March of 2015, former President and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama launched Let Girls Learn. Recognizing that adolescent girls are faced with many challenges in pursuing an education, the initiative was started with the intention of increasing educational opportunities for girls the world over. The initiative especially focused on girls in developing countries where families often prioritize the education of their sons over their daughters.
According to an article written by CNN earlier today, the agency's acting director Sheila Crowley sent an email to Peace Corps employees saying that they would "not continue to use the 'Let Girls Learn' brand
or maintain a stand-alone program." CNN also reported that they had received an internal document showing the Trump administration's plans to end the initiative. In response, White House spokesperson, Kelly Love released the following statement:
"There have been no changes to the Let Girls Learn program. The
Administration supports policies and programs to empower adolescent
girls, including efforts to educate them through the completion of secondary school.We are committed to empowering women and girls around the world and are continuing to examine the best ways to do so."
CNN reports that Love went on to clarify that they are simply going to change the name and brand of the initiative. CNN doesn't seem to be buying it. Do you? Studies have shown that one of the best vehicles for economic development is the education and empowerment of women. Should an initiative that is working to close a worldwide education gender gap be tampered with at all?