Malala Yousafzai is a hero, her family is remarkable and her father should be a role model to all fathers. This book was a great read (even though I accidentally purchased the Young Adult Version) it's an unbelievable story about incredibly strong people. Through this book I found Malala to be an incredibly stoic, driven individual, who was given a hand up by her parent's encouragement and support. I believe that people are definitely products of their decisions but the circumstances that Malala was born into, being the daughter of a man who ran a school and believed in educating girls is nothing to overlook. The puzzle pieces of Malala's life construct an ideal bridge for progress, especially now that this amazing speaker has a position to speak to the world.
I have no doubts that Malala would have flourished in a variety of situations, which makes it even more of a miracle that her family is committed to the good fight of female education. There is a special place in my heart for her father and all the fathers out there like him, (and this one) fathers who stand up for their kids even when the surrounding culture isn't always conducive.
I have respect for people who are outspoke, especially when they are young women speaking to authoritative men! So read this book, learn about a young lady who was shot by the Taliban, survived this attempted assassination and will continue to educate the world about the injustice that is being committed under the facade of religion. She will remind you that purpose is progress and that her purpose was made clear with a bullet. Let's make an effort each time we open our mouths, our hearts, our wallets that the key to equality lies not with the first world feminist fight but with the damagingly undervalued girls of the second and third worlds.
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