- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 16, 2015

During a trip Tuesday to an all-girls school in London, first lady Michelle Obama told a crowd of young Muslim girls that her struggle as a black woman growing up on the South Side of Chicago is much like theirs.

“Girls like you inspire me and impress me every single day,” Mrs. Obama said at the Mulberry School for Girls in London’s Tower Hamlets, The U.K.’s Daily Mirror reported. “When I look out at all these young women, I see myself. In so many ways, your story is my story.”

“Maybe you see the news and see people talking about your religion, and wonder if anyone will ever see beyond your headscarf,” she added.

The first lady stressed the importance of working hard and told the girls that in her experience growing up in a working class neighborhood, sometimes you have to go the extra mile to achieve your dreams.

“My parents told me I could grow up to do anything, but only if I worked hard in school,” she said.

Mrs. Obama is visiting the U.K. for two days with her mother and two teenage daughters, Malia and Sasha, The Daily Mirror reported.

She met with Prince Harry for tea at Kensington Palace Tuesday morning and is expected to meet with Prime Minister David Cameron later Tuesday.

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