Malala Yousafzai (1997-present) - education activist | nobel laureate

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Malala Yousafzai began blogging about life under the Taliban in Pakistan for the BBC when she was only 11. She became an advocate for educating girls and continued even after receiving death threats. On October 9, 2012, a masked gunman shot 15-year-old Yousafzai in the head and neck while she was traveling home from school by bus. She survived the assassination attempt after a medically induced coma and multiple surgeries. In 2013, she gave a speech to the United Nations, founded the Malala Fund, and wrote a memoir. Yousafzai became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 at the age of 17. She is a UN Messenger of Peace, a graduate of Oxford University, and a human rights advocate.


“Extremists have shown what frightens them most. A girl with a book.” 

“I speak not for myself but for those without voice... those who have fought for their rights... their right to live in peace, their right to be treated with dignity, their right to equality of opportunity, their right to be educated.” 

“If one man can destroy everything, why can't one girl change it?” 

“Outside his office, my father had a framed copy of a letter written by Abraham Lincoln to his son's teacher, translated into Pashto. It is a very beautiful letter, full of good advice. Teach him, if you can, the wonder of books...But also give him quiet time to ponder the eternal mystery of birds in the sky, bees in the sun, and the flowers on a green hillside, it says. Teach him it is far more honorable to fail than to cheat.” 


Yousafzai, M. (2015). I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up For Education And Was Shot By The Taliban.

Yousafzai, M. and  McCormick, P. (2015). I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up For Education And Was Shot By The Taliban. (young readers edition)



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Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, Ph.D., the 2009-13 Kansas Poet Laureate is the author of 24 books, including How Time Moves: New & Selected Poems; Miriam's Well, a novel; Needle in the Bone, a non-fiction book on the Holocaust; The Sky Begins At Your Feet: A Memoir on Cancer, Community, and Coming Home to the Body. Founder of Transformative Language Arts, she is a beloved writing workshop facilitator and writing and Right Livelihood coach. She loves life-giving collaborations: she offers with Kathryn Lorenzen, with Kelley Hunt, and with Joy Roulier Sawyer. She offers weekly “Care Packages for a Creative Life” through her Patreon page.  

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Women Who Walked on Water

Joy Zimmerman

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Women Who Walked on Water (3:21) – mid-tempo with soulful vocals, rhythmic guitars, and lilting fiddle. A song of tribute to seventeen courageous women who changed the world.

Music & Lyrics by Joy Zimmerman

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