UPDATE October 2014: MALALA is Awarded Nobel Peace Prize. As a CNN article puts it, “Malala is hope.”
“Education is Emancipation”
When my girl friends and I get together for lunch we often begin with a toast, “Thank God we were born Western women.” As college students we embraced the Women’s Liberation movement, reading Ms. Magazine, Fear of Flying, Betty Friedan and thinking equal-pay-for-equal-work was right around the corner. (Still waiting!) We turned up the radio for Helen Reddy, “I am woman, hear me roar…” We’ve come a long way, baby. Sort of…
Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, patriarchal mindsets were joining forces with Jihad and the Taliban to imprison women behind the veil. Millions of women were forbidden basic education and personal liberty. One young woman, Malala, has taken a stand, been shot in the head, and continues to campaign for the education of women in the Arab world.
This extraordinary girl comes from extraordinary parents. Watch this Ted Talk by Ziauddin Yousafzai, an educator and father of Malala. You’ll see where her courage and inspiration began.
I Am Malala :The Girl Who Stood Up For Education and was Shot by the Taliban is available at all book retailers.