Malala Yousafzai – Girl Wonder

Malala Yousafzai, the teen activist from Pakistan who was targeted by the Taliban for speaking out for education rights for girls, stuns Jon Stewart into silence. Frankly, she did the same for me. She is incredibly poised, intelligent, and has an innate integrity that is rare in one so young. I wanted to cry in delight that she is alive and thriving; I wanted to cry in anger at the injustice of the world because so many other girls and boys are not thriving; and I wanted to cry because she moved me. This young woman could have simply gone away. She could have been so traumatized by the events that transpired the day she was shot, that she no longer wanted another person to so much as look at her, much less know her as the face of advocacy for education for girls in her country and internationally. And yet, she has turned her tragedy into a platform to speak her truth, to reach out, and to promote change. To encourage a dialogue, as she stated in this interview. I simply had to share.

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