Quotes from guiding history and inspiration for empowering girls
Malala's Attackers Arrested in Pakistan
Ten men involved in the shooting of Malala Yousafzai in 2012 have been arrested in Pakistan. The Pakistani teenage activist was targeted by the group because of her campaign for women’s rights and equal education for girls. Until now, no arrests had been made following the incident. Malala, now 17, survived the gunshot wound to the head after being airlifted to the U.K. for treatment and has since become an emblem for defiance in the region and a leading advocate for girls’ education.
On this Day: Mae Jemison Became the African-American Woman in Space
Mae Jemison always assumed she would go into space. “I wanted to explore because it was so mysterious," she says. As she watched shuttle launches and moon landings, she was disappointed to see a lack of female astronauts. After serving as a Peace corps medical officer in Liberia and Sierra Leone, she applied to be an astronaut. She was aboard space shuttle Endeavour on NASA’s 50th mission. When the shuttle launched on September 12, “I remember having this huge grin on my face,” Mae remembers.
Women activists defy danger to protect the environment
Female environmental champions around the world are routinely harassed and assaulted for their work to protect natural resources and curb climate change. Mardiana Deren, an Indonesian nurse campaigning against palm oil and mining companies, has been run over by motorbikes and was lucky to escape a stabbing. Climate change is worsening living and working conditions for women - especially those in rural and indigenous communities that rely on the environment.
Lego Releases Female Scientists Set, May Appease 7-Year-Old Critic
Months after 7-year-old Charlotte Benjamin wrote a letter to Lego accusing its female characters of being boring, the company has released the Research Institute set. The young girl’s letter went viral and attracted widespread attention, and within a week, Lego responded, saying “we have been very focused on including more female characters and themes that invite even more girls to build.” The new play set now includes a female paleontologist, astronomer and chemist.
These Girl Scouts truly are golden
Erica Guzman, 18, of Parkville, holds some books in the library that she created for her Girl Scout Gold Star project at ReStart, 918 E. 9th Street, on Thursday, June 26, 2014, in Kansas City, Missouri. the Girl Scout Gold Award, the female equivalent of the Eagle Scout award.
This year Malala celebrates her 17th birthday by traveling to Nigeria to honor the missing girls, and to encourage the government to do more to get them back home. “We cannot sit on the sidelines and let this continue,” she says. “Each of us is responsible. We cannot rest until we have justice and freedom for every girl and every boy.”
Books About Women Who Changed History
Want to inspire your daughter? Read these real stories of women who were brave enough to stand up and make a difference. Books About Women Who Changed History. * I've included this here for those of you who are mothers, grandmothers or aunts who may want to share these histories with the young ones in your life.