Week 7: I Am Malala Book Review

Liana A
2 min readNov 11, 2020

If I could describe this book in one word it would be heartwrenching. By growing up and living in the U.S many of us are not exposed/ educated to what goes on in the rest of the world. We are all so lucky to live a mostly safe life in our cities/states but need to be aware that this is not the case for many other places around the world.

This book gives a large insight into ideas on Islam, women, girls, and education. As Malala tells us she is apart of the Pashtun tribe. In the culture of her tribe women are usually confined to a domestic world, and do not usually stray far from this lifestyle. This is a common theme all around the world and is not just in Islam culture.

I believe that if more women around the world had access to a safe and accessible education there would be a lot more women in power. More specifically more of women of color. A lot of these women of color and young girls that live in small countries with not much access to education, and if they did have access we would see a lot more of them in power running our counties and governments.

Going off the theme of education, my favorite quote from the book is “One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” Education and knowledge is so extremely powerful in our world. When thinking of this quote in direct correlation to Malala, we see that she is extremely moved and inspired by the idea of knowledge and education. Through that, she has stood up to others and has spread this idea to as many as possible. You never know the impact on our world the children you are teaching will have once they get older. This is why access to education for all will change the world for the better.

The message of this book is so extremely powerful, in a way that we don't see often. We see someone who is really standing up to the norm is not only her culture but the norms that are set for women all around the world. Women's rights all around the world are limited and restricted, and to see someone so young and who has faced all sorts of obstacles fight it is extremely empowering. It also then inspires a whole new generation of women and allies to fight.