I Am Malala

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I Am Malala is a memoir by Malala Yousafzai that chronicles her experiences in standing up for education in Pakistan. Malala spent her childhood advocating for girls’ rights both in and out of the school system. Her distinguished father, Ziauddin, encouraged her to take a stand and continue to attend school, even when the Taliban decreed that girls were forbidden from getting an education. Malala writes, “My father used to say the people of Swat and the teachers would continue to educate our children until the last room, the last teacher and the last student was alive. My parents never once suggested I should withdraw from school, ever. Though we loved school, we hadn’t realized how important education was until the Taliban tried to stop us” (146). On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, Malala was traveling home from school when a Talib boarded her bus and asked, “Who is Malala” (9)? The man shot Malala in the head. After a miraculous recovery, Malala continued to fight for education for girls around the world. By standing up for women’s rights in Pakistan, Malala inspires others to do the same in their communities. I am unlike Malala in many ways. I live in a country where women and girls have the right to receive an education. In the United States, women have much more freedom than Pakistani women. In Pakistan, women and girls cannot leave their house without a male family member. Communities often force young girls into arranged marriages. Malala explains, "In Pakistan when

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