Thursday, March 17, 2016

Malala Yousafzai

Anyone who has access to any type of news outlet whatsoever has probably heard of the name, Malala Yousafzai, at least once. But if not, allow me to elaborate. Malala is a young 16 year old girl from Mingora Pakistan who has made strides in the global feminist movement. She first entered the media spotlight around 2012 when she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman because of her public activism for girls' education rights in Pakistan. Malala miraculously recovered from the gunshot without any type of brain injury, and she continues to be an empowering feminist to this day. She has won many awards for her work and gives several speeches that are incredibly inspiring. Reading about Malala and learning about has really motivated and inspired me to be a more active feminist in my every day life. Our readings this week have discussed several simple and easy ways to fight for feminism, such as speaking out against race jokes, rape jokes, or any type of offensive remark. Tasks like that seem so simple, but in reality standing up to your peers can actually require a lot of courage. However, if you think about how Malala stood up for her right to education, even after she got word of the Taliban issuing a death warrant for her, it makes doing things such as posting about feminism on social media, or shutting down offensive jokes made by peers seem like a piece of cake!

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