A Remarkable Activist and Feminist: Malala Yousafzai
Vanessa J. Russell
U.S. History 202
December 6, 2017
When asked the question “If you had one wish what would it be?”, common answers one might give include “to end world hunger” or even to “put a stop to world conflict.” Although these are good answers that can make the world a better place, there are restricted rights for many individuals across the world that people also need to be mindful and aware of. A prime example of the matter includes women who are a part of the Taliban, Afghanistan and even parts of Pakistan who are denied the right to an education that females here in America have the right to along with several other privileges that are offered. So many people are afraid to stand up for what they believe in because they think that no actions will be taken to change anything anyways. However, Malala Yousafzai was a teenage girl who undertook such an incredible task of bravery as an activist and feminist that even a lot of adults wouldn’t be able to do. For this reason, she is a huge inspiration to not only me, but several other girls. Getting shot in the head and coming to a near-death experience did not stop Malala from pursuing her aspirations on women’s civil rights to an education in her hometown and across the world. Malala is very important and recognizable individual in history as a civil rights activist because she stopped at no end, to fight for other’s rights, even if that meant sacrificing her own life. She not only stood up for herself and her education, but for the education of others’ who weren’t brave enough to speak up, and for fundamental rights after being confronted by a terrorist group.
Malala Yousafzai is a young teenage girl who attended school in the Swat District of Pakistan, where the Taliban in Swat Valley banned girls from being able to attend school whenever they felt like it. The Taliban refers to itself as the “Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan” and are an armed antagonism group that involves extreme views one of which is that women are substandard.[footnoteRef:1] [1: Johns, “Who Are the Taliban”, Frontline/World. Accessed December 10, 2017. http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/stories/afghanistan604/who.html]
Coming from a society that praises males, Malala was very fortunate to have a mother and father who were supportive of her decision to attend school. At the age of 11, Yousafzai started a blog for the BBC news that contained details involving her life as a woman under the Taliban’s rules, here personal views on promoting education for girls, and the Taliban’s attempts to take control of the valley. When the Taliban decided to take complete control of Swat Valley, Yousafzai continued to speak out because she refused to remain silent in the fight for the right to an education. It baffled her mind that somebody would even have the desire to take that away from anybody. [footnoteRef:2] On October 12th, 2012, Malala was approached...