She’s the First was invited to the Young Africa online discussion panel with Tina Tchen and Jocelyn Frye (members of Michelle Obama’s special projects team) on Tuesday, June 28! Myself and She’s the First Researcher Maisy Page provided live Twitter coverage. The Young Africa initiative is an ongoing collaborative effort from the White House stemming from the First Lady’s recent travels to South Africa.
As a participant, it was phenomenal to hear what other organizations and women around the world are doing to change the glaring problems facing our generation. With every other post and with every single question directed at the panelists, a new idea popped into my head for She’s the First. I’m so enthused that Michelle Obama knows how to tackle massive problems with modern tools.
This webchat (my first!) made me feel as if my voice mattered. No voice has to be lost through the power of new media. Social media can connect people, young and old, male or female, and of whatever socioeconomic class to create the change in social and economic structure that so many communities are looking for. As the Obamas say, Yes we can!
Here’s what you missed!