The song was inspired by the 62 million girls without access to education
It’s no secret Michelle Obama is one of the coolest First Ladies in U.S. history.
The song “This is For My Girls” is inspired by the Obamas’ Let Girls Learn initiative, which focuses on empowering the 62 million girls around the world who do not have access to education.
The all-female anthem, written by Oscar-nominated songwriter Diane Warren and executively produced by AOL MAKERS, also features Kelly Rowland, Lea Michelle, Missy Elliott, YouTube sensations Chloe & Halle, and singer Jadagrace.
The song was created to raise awareness and inspire people to join these powerful icons in empowering women around the world.
When Zendaya was asked to join the collaborative track, she tells PEOPLE she was stunned.
“I was like, ‘Is this real life?'” the 19-year-old tells PEOPLE. “It’s not a normal email or normal phone call. It’s like, ‘Hey, this is the White House.’ Like, whoa.”
Aside from the “amazing opportunity”, she says the initiative is also something close to her heart.
“Both of my parents are educators so for me, education is important because that’s what I’ve been surrounded by my entire life,” she explains. “To see how hard they work to give an education to the kids that they have in their schools and what they do, and just to think somebody doesn t have that opportunity is hard to believe.”
“This is For My Girls” is downloadable only on iTunes and 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated in support of the Peace Corps Let Girls Learn Fund.
To learn more about Let Girls Learn, tune-in to MAKERS.com on Wednesday at 9 a.m. PST/ 11 a.m. CST/ 12 p.m EST to watch Michelle Obama on a SXSW panel moderated by Queen Latifah with Missy Elliott, Sophia Bush and Diane Warren.