Even though we’re living in the 21st century, it’s sad to think that the differences between the way men and women are treated stretches on for miles.
From getting equal opportunities in the workforce to having the right to an education, it’s scary to think how far behind we actually are when it comes to things that should pretty much be a given. Honestly, the fact that we are still fighting for women’s rights, something that shouldn’t have to be EARNED in the first place, says a lot about the world we live in today.
But on October 11th, that gap got a little smaller when Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai made history by becoming the youngest women to be awarded with a Nobel Peace Prize award. Hearing her acceptance speech, littered with motivational quotes on why we should fight to even the fields when it comes to education for women, was compleletely awe-inspiring.
What makes this moment even more well deserved and rewarding is the fact that her journey to helping girls gain the right to attend school in Pakistan hasn’t been smooth sailing. When she was just 15, Yousafzai was shot in the head by a member of the Taliban for advocating for girls’ education. Now 17, the fact that this did nothing to stop her from fighting for women everywhere, and instead motivated her to keep going, makes her an inspiration to us all. You don’t have to be a woman to understand just how brave Malala Yousafzai is for putting her life on the line so that all girls can go out and truly experience theirs.
These quotes are proof of that.