Giving Thanks to the 1st Amendment

As Americans, I think many of us often take for granted our first amendment right of freedom of speech. As a woman, student, blogger, feminist blogger, at that, I have been paying close attention to fifteen-year-old Pakistani activist, Malala Yousafzai.

By now, I am assuming the majority of you have heard about this story, but if not, Malala Yousafzai is a fifteen-year-old Pakistanti activist who was shot in the head on October 9th by the Taliban for promoting education for girls and “promoting Western culture” (x).

Can you imagine being shot for having a difference in opinion? For wanting girls to be able to attend school and to have a hopeful future? Just take a look at what is posted every day on this blog. The posts on here aren’t always lighthearted. This blog deals with some controversial stuff and we get to voice our opinions, speak our minds, take a stand on what we believe in, ignite discussion and advocate for change. You name it, we talk about it because we are free to do so.

Aside from the fact that we are free to express ourselves, we also have the opportunity to seek an education. Can you believe that thirty-two million girls around the world are denied an education simply because they are the ‘lesser sex.’ I know the education system in the U.S. is far from perfect, but at least girls are allowed to attend.

Thankfully there is a bright side to this story; Malala continues to recover from her injuries and continues to fight for girls education. Now that’s what you call endurance, people! Malala’s bravery has really got me thinking, what would you risk your life for? What’s worth it? Where would you draw the line? When would stop seeking it? Something to ponder, for sure. (I would love to hear your thoughts on that, so feel free to post a comment below.)

In the mean time, I encourage you to go sign the petition to nominate Malala Yousafzai for the Nobel Peace Prize and follow her continued recovery and efforts. Also, check out the Unitied Nations Girls’ Education Initiative which “works to improve the quality and availability of girls’ education in support of the gender-related Education for All goals, the second Millennium Development Goal (MDG) to achieve universal primary education, and MDG 3 to promote gender equality and empower women” (x).


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