Day 10 :: Malala

on October 10, 2013 in 31 Ways To Speak Love with 4 comments by

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I was supposed to blog about a different speak love topic today, but when I returned home from speaking at Brentwood High School’s FCA this morning, a video clip came across my internet.

I had seen some friends talking about this Malala Yousafzai girl over the last few days, but to be honest, I just hadn’t had time to read up on her.

So I took a few minutes to watch her interview with Jon Stewart and tears came to my eyes.

She is my people- a teen girl using her words to change the world.

My favorite quote?

When Jon asks her what gave her the courage to speak out against the Taliban, she says, “At the time, I said ‘Why should I wait for someone else? Why should I be looking to the government or the army that they should help us? WHY DON’T I RAISE MY VOICE? WHY DON’T WE SPEAK UP FOR OUR RIGHTS…

Phew. That kind of courage can’t be taught. It is earned in the trenches.

Please watch this whole clip- at the end, she talks about what she would do if the Talib came to kill her. You absolutely won’t believe her answer.

(If you wanna watch the whole episode, here is the link.)

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To be honest, I don’t know. I’m so moved by the story- I’m going to share it. And I’m praying for this girl today- for her courage and her heart and that she would know Truth in the innermost places. Also, today, I’m grateful for my education, for the freedom that women currently have in this country- to learn, to speak up, to lead. And I’m asking God to teach the next generation of women how to use this freedom well to set others free.

What will you do in response to this video?


This is Day 10 of 31 Ways to Speak Love. You can click here to see a list of all the posts in the series.


  1. Corley
    posted on Oct 10, 2013 at 3:20 PM  |  reply

    Good grief. I’d also like to adopt her.

  2. posted on Oct 10, 2013 at 3:55 PM  |  reply

    I saw this video and almost sent it to you! What a perfect example of speaking love under trials! Thank you for writing about this sweet girl, I’m so impressed with her!

  3. Sara
    posted on Oct 11, 2013 at 6:51 AM  |  reply

    Thanks for this great post about this amazing little girl. Over here in the UK she has given many amazing interviews and was recently asked to open a new library. Her speech was amazing. Here is a link to the text where she talks about the importance of books as well as words. So inspiring and so relevant to everything that Annie is doing!

    • Sara Gordon
      posted on Oct 11, 2013 at 7:16 AM  |  reply

      Apologies for all of the “amazings”. Can you tell I would adopt her too! 🙂

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