As if we needed any more evidence that this is a strange year in politics, First Lady Michelle Obama just dropped a new single on iTunes.
To be clear, FLOTUS doesn't sing on the track herself. But she organized "This Is For My Girls," a charity song released Tuesday that features performances by a slew of female artists including Kelly Clarkson, Missy Elliott, Zendaya, Lea Michele, Janelle Monáe, Kelly Rowland, Jadagrace and Chloe x Halle. It was written by Diane Warren, who was recently nominated for an Academy Award for her work with Lady Gaga.
"It's kind of like 'We Are the World' meets 'Lady Marmalade' with these strong voices and strong women," Warren told Billboard. "When was the last time you heard a song like this or a record that had this many amazing divas on it? I'm really proud."
— Zendaya (@Zendaya) March 15, 2016
All the proceeds from "This Is For My Girls" will go to the Peace Corps Let Girls Learn Fund, according to a White House news release. The song is part of Obama's 1-year-old Let Girls Learn initiative focused on expanding opportunities for young women around the world. Its release came about a week after Obama announced a series of new commitments to the program from companies like Johnson and Johnson, JetBlue and J. Crew.
According to Vulture, the song's chorus goes: "This is for my girls all around the world / Stand up, hold your head up, don't take nothing from nobody / This is for my girls, stand up and be heard / This is for my ladies, my sisters / All over, this is for my girls."
Obama was scheduled to speak at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. EDT about rallying supporters in support of breaking down "barriers that deny 62 million girls from getting the education they deserve," according to the news release.
"I’m launching the next phase of this campaign — the action phase — and calling on people not just to care about this issue, but to do something about it," she wrote in Lena Dunham's newsletter Wednesday.
Download "This Is For My Girls" here.