It’s no secret that an education is the doorway to a better life. It is also no secret that many girls have had received either no education or minimal education that leaves them woefully unprepared for the world.
Five years ago Malala Yousafzai, a teenage girl from Pakistan, dared to speak up against the Taliban for denying girls the right to an education. They tried to kill her. She survived and became stronger than they thought she was.
This week, she started college at Oxford University.
For many women and girls, Malala has become an icon of this generation’s feminists. She is the voice in the crowd that will stand up for women’s rights when others remain silent. She will continue to light the fire not just under the figurative behinds of women who feel like they have no voice or power, but she will continue to inspire men to join their wives, sisters, mothers and daughters in the fight for true equality.
I expect nothing but great things from Malala in the future. But the first step is always an education.
Malala Yousafzai is an extraordinary young lady. Born into a Pakistani family, she was vocal and public in her defiance of the Taliban and their rule that girls are denied an education. Their response was an assassination attempt.
Many people might have died from such a heinous violent attack, but Malala survived. Over the past few years, not only has she become the youngest Nobel Peace Prize ever, but she is the symbol of standing up for what you believe in.
She represents the millions of young girls around the world, who because they are girls, are denied an education. She is an articulate, educated and well respected young lady who has shone a light on a subject that many within the first world talk of, but few act on.
The upcoming documentary, I am Malala, is her story. She has become a hero not just for girls her age, but for anyone who believes so completely in justice and equality, that they are willing to put their very lives on the line for others who denied this basic right.
Not only do I think that this film will do very well come award season, but it will encourage all of us to do what is right and stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves.
This past week, Malala Yousafzai, a 17 year old school girl from Pakistan, won the Nobel Peace Prize.
Her cause is promoting equality and education for all girls.
Most people in her shoes would have given up or submitted to the Taliban. But she has not given up and continues to publicly fight for what she believes in.
While women in first world countries have reaped the benefits of feminism, many women in second and third world countries have not had the opportunities many of us take for granted.
At 17, Miss Yousafzai is wise beyond her years. She speaks for all women. We have won many battles, but the war has not ended and will not end until we have full equality with the men in our lives.
If this young lady represents the future of feminism, I have no doubt that things will only get better.