Hello Everyone! Happy Thursday! I know. I know. The month of March is more than halfway over, and this is my first post celebrating National Women’s History Month.
When thinking of who I wanted to feature for National Women’s History Month, I decided to highlight a young woman whose words touched me in an extraordinary place in my heart. Today I choose to celebrate Malala Yousafzai.
I had the pleasure of visiting my son school to watch the documentary He Named Me Malala. Malala explained throughout the film how the Taliban is not a Religion, but an Ideology. She discussed her near-death experience of being shot in the face by a member of the Taliban for speaking boldly of the importance of education for girls. Although being severely injured was a horrific experience, she doesn’t regret using her voice to stand up for what is right and continue till this day to speak on behalf of young women.
Watching this documentary was fascinating to me because Malala refuses to give up. She didn’t allow her tragedy to force her to change her mind about education for girls. She is the living example of one of my favorite quotes by the late Malcolm X:
If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.
Because of Malala stance on education, she has made a concern once isolated to her hometown a Worldwide matter of contention.
Malala spirit for change reminds me so much of the young people fighting for reconstruction in America as it relates to the racial injustices as well as the push for stricter gun laws with the hopes of preventing a mass shooting in a school. These young people are on fire. They are sick of the ancient way meditating problems in this country. It would be nice to live in a World where everyone treated their neighbor with an equal amount of respect. But the foundational systems aren’t built on equality. Unfortunately, the fight for change is a lifelong old dirt road leading to nowhere, which is sad.
I end this post with a few quotes by Malala that stood out to me while watching the documentary about her life experience.
It better to live like a lion for one day than to live like a slave for 100 years.
If I keep silent, I lose the right to exist.
Education gives you the power. It makes you independent, and confident. There is a moment you have to choose to be silent or stand up. Let fear die and LIVE!
Share your thoughts. Who would you like to highlight for National Women’s History Month that has made an impact in your life?