Collage of Malala Yousafzai by Madeleine Grummet #visualstorytelling

Collage of Malala Yousafzai by Madeleine Grummet #visualstorytelling

You don't have to dig very deep. If you trawl the stories of girls and women through the ages you'll quickly find the pain, and beneath that, the power. 

Stories of girls like this one - Malala Yousafzai, now just 18, whose story we know all too well. A girl who would not go quietly, who would not deny herself the right to education, who would not quash her capability and be quieted by the Taliban culture that tried to violently silence her before she had a chance to find the real power in her being. 

Malala Yousafzai, Winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize and now powerful global advocate for girls' rights to education, was already a role model before she was made one in the world news. She was a role model because she believed in her own intrinsic worth, her own integrity, and in her unassailable right to access the education she sought in a society that gender relegated her to having no power at all. 

In her own words in her blazing speech to the United Nations in July 2013:

"Dear Friends,
On the 9th of October 2012, the Taliban shot me on the left side of my forehead. They shot my friends, too. They thought that the bullets would silence us. But they failed. And then, out of that silence, came thousands of voices. 

The terrorists thought that they would change our aims and stop our ambitions but nothing changed in my life except this: Weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage was born. 

My ambitions are the same.
My hopes are the same.
My dreams are the same." 

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