I woke up this morning to my beeping alarm, and I didn’t want to go to school at all. I find myself continuously bored in class, and thinking of all the wonderful things I could be doing outside the school’s walls. And when I come home, the last thing I want to do is homework. Instead of thinking so negatively, I should think that school is a privilege that I can easily take advantage of. For many, like Malala Yousafzai, school is dangerous and can even lead to death if you are a woman, but Malala is willing to take this risk. Malala Yousafzai, a seventeen-year-old Pakistani girl catches the world’s eye as she speaks up for women’s rights and education. Her brave words have changed the perspective of many people. “I believe in equality. I believe that a woman is no different than a man,” states Malala bravely. Her actions have pleased women and the rest of the world, but not the Taliban, the extreme Islamist group in Pakistan. When Malala was only 14 years old, she was shot in the head and nearly died because men believed she was becoming a threat. She remarkably still lives today. Malala says, “I think death didn’t want to kill me, and God was with me.” Malala also felt that it was wrong to not educate women. She had learned very much from her father, a local teacher, and she wanted to keep her education. Many other young women in Pakistan felt the same way, and they supported Malala. “The solution is simple. There is one. It is education,” adds Malala. Malala is highly respected today, and she has recently won the Nobel Peace Prize at 17 years old. She holds the record for being the youngest person to ever win the Nobel Peace Prize. Malala’s actions and words have inspired young women around the world.
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Great work Bryce. I agree this young lady has changed the world’s view on equality and education. Sometimes as Americans we take our education for granted. This young lady almost lost her life believing for her right to learn. She deserved receiving the Noble Peace Prize for her commitment.