Ode to Strong Women
While the Miley’s and Amanda’s of America are busy doing their crazy thing, other women throughout the world are risking their lives to gain rights we already take for granted. I would like for everyone to take a moment to read two stories about some amazing women who have so much to lose but risk it all for what is right:
The above link tells the quick story of Malala Yousafzai a 16 year old Pakistani rights activist. In 2012 she was shot in the head and left for dead by the Taliban for speaking out about a woman’s rights to go to school and obtain education. She recently published the memoir, I am Malala.
“I believe the gun has no power because a gun can only kill,” she said. “But a pen can give life.”
Mathura was one of the first women in India to challenge her rapists in court. When she was younger than 16 in 1972 she was raped by officers at her local police station, a place where she had gone seeking help. Being raped in India was seen as a fault of the victim and never did they risk taking their attackers to court. And even through she had the courage to seek justice, there was none for her then, nor now. The link above gives a realistic view of her situation and hopefully spurs others to continue to fight for the basic rights we all should hold dear.
“I tried very hard to forget,” Mathura tells me. “I tried very hard to start my life all over again. I had no choice.”
These are the types of women I want my daughter to admire.