I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb
My Thoughts: Malala is amazing and so inspiring. She grew up in the SWAT valley in Pakistan and began advocating for girls’ education when she was a child. When she was 15, the Taliban shot her in the head. She has twice been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, and on her 16th birthday she delivered a speech at the United Nations.
I am in awe.
Malala has a remarkable spirit and an incredible outlook. She will not be defeated. She is an icon, and she is also a typical teenage girl. She has fights with her best friends, watches Ugly Betty, and reads Twilight.
I hope her story is added to the curriculum in schools around the world.
“Are you scared now?” I asked my father. “At night our fear is strong, Jani,” he told me, ” but in the morning, in the light, we find our courage again.”
She and her family now live in England, and she has founded The Malala Fund to increase girls’ access to education. In the book, she quotes Muhammed Jinnah, founder of Pakistan:
“No struggle can ever succeed without women participating side by side with men. There are two powers in the world; one is the sword and the other is the pen. There is a third power stronger than both, that of women.”