I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

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Throughout the history of storytelling, there have always been storybook characters that inspire and motivate young readers to become more engaged and knowledgeable about the struggles that some people go through. Reading has always been a pastime of mine; while reading I collect new friends in wonderful places that otherwise I could only dream of. Each of these characters that I have befriended and connected with over the years, has shaped my personality in some way or another, and choosing just one seems an impossible task. Although women’s rights have skyrocketed in the past century, overall the world is still predominately male-orientated, but the world of books has no bounds for inspirational women. Countless authors have written…show more content…
In 2012, the Taliban, infuriated by her speaking out against them, sent out a hit on her and she was shot through her head, neck, and shoulder. This injury left her in a coma for a week and left the world in awe of the 15 year old girl who was brazen enough to butt heads with the most notorious terrorist organization in modern history. Today, it is common to read about men and women freely protesting unequal rights in the United States, but to read about a 15 year old girl with a bounty on her head for doing the same thing? That’s almost unheard of in America. Malala knew the dangers of speaking her mind, but weighed the penalty of death against the “crime” and realized that she would rather die trying to relieve herself and other women like her of their injustices than to live without equality. Malala Yousafzai, simply stated, is remarkable. She is unafraid to speak her mind, despite the penalties she might face. In her book, Malala says, “When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful”. When I first read that line, I stared at the page and thought back to all of the oppressive eras in the world’s past that I had learned about in my history classes and thought to myself, history is happening now, it’s always happening. It’s not just a page in some dusty textbook, it’s a book with never-ending pages filled with amazing people like Malala. Malala isn’t like the typical 15 year old girl found in America.
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