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Nobel Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai- Fighting for Equality for Women

The fact that Malala Yousafzai’s nobel prize is being categorized as “polarizing” is sad indeed. It shows a strange phenomena where her own country hesitates to ¬†claim her proudly. If you don’t know who she is Malala is a young woman who, supported by her father, stood up to Taliban Law and pursued her education. That passion for education almost cost her her life when she was shot in the head by local Taliban enforcers.

Studies have shown that educating women is arguable the best path any developing country can take to increase economic prosperity. She has become an emblem for women’s education rights and, generally, an emblem for the larger issue of gender equality in her country. For someone so young she has had to endure many in her native country calling her a U.S. plant and questioning the genuineness of her passion for something as simple as the right to go to school. A right women and girls in the U.S. often take for granted.

I would like to take a moment to honor her father, who is the one who supported her seeking prohibited education opportunities. In countries where gender inequality runs rampant in the legal system we must recognize the women that stand up for their rights AND the fathers, husbands, and brothers, who support them, when the law is not on their side.

See her amazing acceptance speach at:

CNN

Learn more about Malala at:

ABC News

The Daily Beast

NPR

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