April Daniels Hussar, Editorial Director:
Malala Yousafzai and My Mom
At 15 years old, Malala Yousafzai is already one of my heroes, and someone I have taught my own daughter about, hoping she’ll find her an inspiring role model as well. Last October, Malala was shot in the head by the Taliban at point blank range. The cowardly attempt on her life was retaliation for the work Malala had done as a blogger, advocating for girls’ education in her homeland of Pakistan. It was meant to silence her forever, but after nearly dying and enduring months of recuperation, beautiful, brave Malala is back in school.
“I am excited that today I have achieved my dream of going back to school,” Malala said on the day she headed back to class, this time in her new home of England. “I want all girls in the world to have this basic opportunity.”
Why does she care so much about her education? “I want to learn about politics and about social rights, about law, about how to bring change in this world and to work for the happiness and education of all girls,” she said.
What an absolute inspiration, and a reminder of how grateful I am to live in a country where I can send my own daughter off to school every day without worry or fear. Someday, thanks to people like Malala, that will hopefully be true for all children.