Feminist, Malala

Feminist, Malala

Feminist, Malala

Patriarchal terrorists are scared of girls.

Especially educated girls.

And most especially Malala Yousafzai, who promotes girls’ education. So they put a bullet through her brain.

They say God does not like knowledgeable girls.

But Malala’s miraculous recovery just might indicate that God is on her side.

Despite her courageous advocacy for girls’ education, it took years before Malala thought of herself as a feminist. She explains,

This word ‘feminism’ has been a very tricky word. When I heard it the first time, I heard some negative responses and some positive ones. And I hesitated in saying ‘am I a feminist or not?’

But Emma Watson’s United Nations speech advocating for gender equality — aka “feminism” — changed her mind.

When you said ‘If not now when? If not me who?’ I decided that there’s nothing wrong by calling yourself a feminist…

I am a feminist and we should all be feminists because feminism is another word for equality.

Gender shouldn’t hold anyone back from reaching their goals, she says.


Here’s a discussion between two of my favorite feminists, Malala Yousafzai and Emma Watson:

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I have a Ph.D. from UCLA in sociology (emphasis: gender, social psych). I currently teach sociology and women's studies at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, CA. I have also lectured at San Jose State. And I have blogged for Feminispire, Ms. Magazine, The Good Men Project and Daily Kos. Also been picked up by The Alternet.

Posted on January 6, 2017, in feminism and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. Thanks for the video, Georgia. Really liked it. And, yes, I believe feminism is all about equality.

  2. Wonderful post 🙂 🙂 I wish you a great successful year this 2017 ❤ ❤ x x

  3. Malala is an amazing example, and her quote is brilliant…I had never heard this before “I am a feminist and we should all be feminists because feminism is another word for equality.” but it rings so true. Wishing you a very happy, strong and successful 2017 ~

  4. Interesting equation: feminism as an expression of equality
    Good point also in relation to Islamism, its original “meaning” (peace) and how therefore terrorism is a deviated way of this religion. By the way, You won´t believe it, but when I went to Brazil I found a lost book at the airport: ” A thousand splendid suns” by Hosseini (In English) and have it over here… Now I´ll have to give it a try considering these two ladies said it is great and that Malala said it was her favorite book this year! 😉
    Thank you for sharing, Georgia… I truly liked the video.

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