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Why All These Celebrities Are Tweeting About #62MillionGirls

Mindy Kaling, Kerry Washington and Stephen Colbert joined Michelle Obama to stand up for girls' education.

62 million. That's how many girls across the world do not have access to an education. And Michelle Obama wants you to do something about it.

The First Lady launched the #62MillionGirls campaign at the 2015 Global Citizen Festival, telling the audience, "Right now, 62 million girls are not in school. And what's important to know is that these are our girls. They deserve the same chances to get an education as my daughters and your daughters and all of our children."

Obama also introduced Beyoncé at Friday's festival, which included appearances by Ariana Grande, Coldplay, Common and Ed Sheeran. The First Lady urged the crowds (and her celeb friends) to tweet photos of themselves with the #62MillionGirls tag to raise awareness about the global education crisis.

And, of course they listened:

  1. Misty Copeland
  2. Stephen Colbert
  3. POTUS
  4. Mindy Kaling
  5. Kerry Washington
  6. UN Ambassador Samantha Power
  7. Usher
  8. Coldplay
  9. Bono

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  10. Director Ava DuVernay
  11. Future superstar Chawanzi

#62MillionGirls is part of the U.S. government's efforts to support Let Girls Learn, a collaboration between the First Lady and the Peace Corps to expand access to education for adolescent girls around the world and empower local leaders to create lasting solutions to the problem.