SHE-LOGY: What one girl can do.
SHE was on a bus in Alabama. And she stayed seated in order to stand up…for herself, and in turn for the country’s Civil Rights Movement.
She was Rosa Parks. Her refusal to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger in 1955 triggered the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which became a crucial part of the US Civil Rights Movement.
“The world knows of Rosa Parks because of a single, simple act of dignity and courage that struck a lethal blow to the foundations of legal bigotry.” –Bill Clinton
She later became “the first lady of civil rights” and the “mother of the freedom movement.”
“You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.”
SHE was on a bus in Calcutta. And she heard God’s calling for her to work with the poor, the sick, the dying and the children.
She was Mother Teresa, baptized as Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu. Her experience of that calling in 1946 led her to convert from schoolteacher-nun to missionary to the poor in the slums of Calcutta. She founded the Missionaries of Charity, a congregation of religious women dedicated to helping”the hungry, the naked, the homeless, the crippled, the blind, the lepers, all those people who feel unwanted, unloved, uncared for throughout society, people that have become a burden to the society and are shunned by everyone”. Her congregation grew and her work expanded throughout the globe.
She later became a symbol for charity and received the Nobel Peace Prize.
“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”
SHE was on a bus in Pakistan. And she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman because she was speaking about education rights.
She is Malala Yousafzai. She started her activism for education when she gave a speech in the local press club entitled “How Dare the Taliban Take Away My Basic Right to an Education?”. This was in protest of the Taliban’s attacks on girls’ schools. She was only 11.
She then volunteered to be the blogger for BBC, under the pseudonym of Gul Makai, to write about life under the Taliban’s threats. She became famous and her voice got louder. She became a threat to the Taliban, which led to the fatal, but thankfully failed, assassination, at age 15.
She miraculously recovered and 3 months later became runner-up for TIME’s 2012 Person of the Year.
She is now a “symbol of the struggle for women’s rights all over the world”, a global symbol of the fight for education for girls, and of peaceful protest. She became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, at the age of 17.
“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.”
One girl can make a ripple that can make a world of difference. One girl, one voice, one act.
SHE-LOGY is a blog project open to everyone who is interested to celebrate women this whole month of March. If you’re reading this, I extend that invitation to you to contribute post/s about the women you’d like to honor. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for reading this.