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 books with strong female leads, most of them fiction, but nonetheless inspirational. When choosing the most influential to me, I could start by writing about the character that first allowed me to immerse myself in the world of the written language, Nancy Drew. Or I could write about the character that allowed me to feel comfortable with being unique and intelligent, Hermione Granger. But I won’t go into those clichés, the book character that has inspired me more than the heroines starring in the hundreds of books that I’ve read is real life Super Girl, Malala Yousafzai.
Malala Yousafzai released her memoir, I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban in 2013, recounting her struggles as a schoolgirl oppressed by the Taliban while living in Pakistan. For those who may not be familiar with her story, Malala became an undercover correspondent for BBC at the age of 12, writing about her thoughts on the ongoing war and how the Taliban was frightfully forcing the girls in ...

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...faced was fighting with my seven siblings over the bathroom before school in the morning. I, along with many other people my age, take living in America for granted. We have simple amenities like running water, roofs over our heads, freedom to speak our opinions, and a great education system to help enhance our ever growing minds. We have it made in America compared to some in less fortunate countries, who don’t even have a tenth of the comforts we do. After hearing Malala’s struggles, I, albeit being older than her, look up to her for words of wisdom. She has taught me that age doesn’t determine wisdom, life experiences do. She has also taught me that speaking up against injustices is the only way to rise up against them. “Let us pick up our books and our pens, they are our most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.”
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