Fear has two meanings: Drop everything and run, or Face everything and rise. The choice is yours.
Fear has two meanings: Drop everything and run, or Face everything and rise. The choice is yours.
A girl, her hunger to be educated, and a desire to be heard. “To all the girls who have faced injustice and been silenced. Together we will be heard.” -Malala Yousafzai
On July 12, 1997 in the Swat Valley in Pakistan, a baby was born to Ziauddin and Tor Pekai Yousafzai. They named her Malala. Malala’s father was a school owner and an educational activist. Malala’s father supported every girl who wanted an education and accepted every women into his school. He stood up for educational rights for girls. When Malala was about ten years old, the Taliban began controlling where she lived and girls were banned from attending school. Nearly 400 schools were destroyed in 2008 by the Taliban. Pakistani girls were now expected to stay home and take care of their brothers and father and learn to cook for their family. At the age of 11, Malala began to blog about living life under the Taliban. She began to question the actions of the Taliban. In May 2009, Malala and her family fled their home to seek safety from the Taliban. Weeks later, Malala returned home and continued using her blog to campaign for girls rights to go to school. Malala and her father were known in Pakistan as activists for girls rights of education. Malala was nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize in 2011. She was also awarded Pakistan’s National Youth Peace Prize.
On October 9, 2012, something changed Malala’s life forever. Malala was on a bus coming home from school with many other girls. The Taliban stopped the bus and asked which one of the girls was Malala. The Taliban tried to murder her and shot at her three times. One of the bullets went into her head and then lodged into her shoulder. The Taliban was angry for Malala speaking out and questioning them when it came to education of girls. Malala’s father was alerted right away and she was lifeflighted to a hospital in Pakistan. Malala’s father ordered doctors to begin operating after the left side of her brain started swelling. Five hours later the bullet was removed she only had seventy percent chance of survival. Malala was placed into a medically induced coma. She was moved four days later to an ICU in a hospital in Birmingham England. Malala came out of her coma October 17, 2012, it was a relief for her parents. She required many more surgeries and a lot a therapy to recover from the shooting. After recovery, Malala attended school in Birmingham England.
Malala was now known worldwide and people of all cultures wanted to help her pursue her dreams to be educated. When Malala turned 16, she visited New York City in the United States and also spoke at the United Nations. Later that year, she wrote a book called “I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up For Education and Was Shot by the Taliban.” In 2014 she won the nobel peace prize for standing up in what she believed in and that all children should have the opportunity to be educated. Malala was just 17 years old and is the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner. Malala set up an organization called the Malala Fund with her father that empowers girls to be strong and confident through education and to become leaders and make their voices known. Malala still lives in Birmingham where she is still a strong voice and advocate for girls and women’s educational rights and showing girls everywhere that peace and equality matter.
“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world” -Malala Yousafzai
Embrace your fears; If you’re afraid of heights, start going high up whenever you can: climb trees, jump off high things, etc. The same goes for all fears. If you’re afraid of anything, try to fix it, by showing yourself it’s not scary and there's nothing to be afraid of.
Suicidal or negative thoughts. Your mind is drawn to these thoughts and impulses, because they are most likely the strongest and most meaningful thing you can do available. If you have this problem, it’s good to make staying alive mean more than dying.
Anxiety is your brain’s way of telling you something is wrong. For example, if your at a social event, like a performance, recital, etc, and you get anxious, that’s your brain telling you that you could mess up and make a fool of yourself. A way to stop anxiety is by recognizing that yes, you could mess up, there for sending a message up to your brain that you got the message and he should stop telling you. If this keeps happening, then you should start acting on it. Go over what your going to say, how you’re going to act, and going over all the possible flaws and taking steps to avoid them.
A way to help separate yourself from a stressful or scary moment, away from the tumult in your mind, is to practice ‘being the eye of the storm.’ If you’ve ever seen footage of a hurricane passing over head, than what happens before the eye of the storm passes above you is total chaos; of course it is, it’s a hurricane. But then as the eye of the storm passes over you, it all stops; there's no wind, no rain, not even clouds. You can even see the stars as if it’s the calmest nights. Then the hurricane comes back and everyone dies, but that's not important. The point is, you can stay in the middle where it’s calm you just have to practice putting yourself there, and bringing yourself back when you stray.
A woman with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman.
There is no limit to what we can accomplish as women.
Women are leaders everywhere you look.
When I go down, ima go down swingin, my eyes still smilin and my heart still singin.
Even if I am a girl, even if people think I can’t do it, I shall not lose hope.
Do not wait for someone else to come and speak for you, it’s you who can change the world
To all the girls who have faced injustice and been silenced together we will be heard
I’m not the next Usain Bolt or Michael Phelps, I’m the first Simone Biles
Practice creates confidence, confidence empowers you.
You’ve got to learn to leave the table when love’s no longer being served.
The art is not one of forgetting but letting go. And when everything else is gone, you can be rich in loss.
Writing is saying to no one and to everyone the things it is not possible to say to someone.
Leave the door open for the unknown, the door into the dark. That’s where the most important things come from, where you yourself came from, and where you will go.
If plan ‘A’ doesnt work, don’t worry. There are still 25 more letters in the alphabet!
No matter how bad you feel, get up, dress up, show up, and never give up.
Let your smile change the world but don’t let the world change your smile.
What lies in front of you and what lies behind you pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.
Strength is not just the condition of one’s muscle, but the toughness of the heart and soul.
There are two ways to be a light. To be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
Even if you’re on the right track you’ll get run over if you just sit there.
The one who falls and gets up is so much stronger than the one who never falls.
The fears we don’t face become our limits.
The only tired I was, was tired of giving in.
Have you ever been hurt and the place tries to heal a bit, and you just pull the scar off of it over and over again.
I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free... so other people would be also free.
Anne Bonny was the first known female pirate in the world. She was a fierce warrior, and was said to have fought just as well, if not better than almost every other member of the crew aboard the ship.
Later, the second known female pirate (Mary Read) joined the crew, though accounts differ on how and when. Some say that Read—who had served as a mercenary while disguised as a man—was among the original hijackers of the ship, while others claim that she was aboard a Dutch merchant ship that Jack Rackham’s (the captain, also known as Calico Jack) crew captured.
Anne was thought to be the illegitimate daughter of an Irish lawyer named William Cormac and of a maid working in his household.
Cormac separated from his wife after she discovered his unfaithfulness to her, and he later assumed custody of Anne. Following his cohabitation with her mother, he lost much of his clients, and so they all moved to Charles Towne, where business would be better, or at least his clients wouldn’t know of the scandal. Anne’s mother died of typhoid fever later, when Anne was 13.
Her father betrothed her to a local man, but Anne resisted. Instead, in 1718 she married sailor John Bonny, with whom she traveled with to the island of New Providence in the Bahamas. When they moved there, though, her her husband became an informant for the governor of the Bahamas, privateer Woodes Rogers. Now unhappy with the marriage, she became involved with pirate John Rackham (also known as Calico Jack).
In August 1720 Anne Bonny got so sick of the life that she had been leading that she abandoned her husband and assisted Rackham in commandeering his ship from Nassau Harbour on New Providence. Along with a dozen others, the pair began pirating merchant vessels along the coast of Jamaica.
Anne concealed her gender from her shipmates, because having a woman out to sea was considered bad luck, and when pillaging her disguise as a man allowed her to participate in armed conflict. The only person on the ship who knew her true gender was the captain, Jack Rackham, known as Calico Jack.
Somewhere along the way they got a new addition to their crew, Mary Read, who turned out to be another female pirate disguised as a man.
One day their ship was finally captured and the crew was brought to spanish town in Jamaica for trial. Rackham and the male crew members were immediately found guilty of pirating and were hung. Though Anne and Mary were tried on November 28 with the rest of their crew, and they too were found guilty and sentenced to death, they said they were pregnant, which saved them, because back then it was against the law to hang a pregnant woman.
Mary died in prison the next year, but Bonny was released, likely due to her father’s influence. No-one knows for sure, but it is believed by most that after that she returned to Charles Towne, where she married, had children, and lived out the remainder of her life.
Joan of Arc, nicknamed "The Maid of Orléans," was a national heroine of France, and when she was 18 she led the French armies to victory against the English.
She was captured a year later in battle, and was burned at the stake by the English and their French collaborators. She became a Roman Catholic saint more than 500 years later, on May 16, 1920.
Joan of Arc was born in 1412, in Domremy, France. She was the daughter of a poor farmer and his wife. Joan was raised just like any other woman in that time period: She learned piety and domestic skills, she never ventured far from home, and she got to be very skilled as a seamstress.
Then one day, she began having mystical visions she believed were sent from god, telling her that she had been chosen to lead France to victory in it’s war with the English.
In May 1428, the visions urged Joan to contact Robert de Baudricourt, the garrison commander so she could finally fulfill god’s wishes. At first, Baudricourt refused Joan’s request, but even though she was a girl, and with no military training, in 1429 he gave in. He gave her a horse and an escort of soldiers, and directions to prince Charles of Valois’ court.
At first, when she arrived Charles was not certain what to make of this peasant girl who asked for an audience and said she could save France, but she eventually won him over.
Finally, Charles gave Joan of Arc (who was only 17) armor and a horse and allowed her to accompany the army to Orléans, the site of an English siege.
In a series of battles between May 4 and May 7, 1429, the French troops won. Joan was wounded, but later returned to the front to encourage a final assault. Many more battles ensued, and because of Joan’s bravery, by mid-June, the French had won against the English.
After her victory at Orleans, in the spring of 1430, King Charles VII ordered Joan of Arc to defend from a Burgundian assault. During the battle, she was thrown off her horse and left outside the town’s gates. The Burgundians took her captive and held her for several months, negotiating with the English, who saw her as a valuable bargaining piece. Finally, the Burgundians exchanged Joan for 10,000 francs (Money).
She was eventually turned over to church officials who convinced them to try her as a heretic. She was charged with 70 crimes, including witchcraft, heresy and dressing like a man. Between February 21 and March 24, 1431, she was interrogated nearly a dozen times, every time keeping a steadfast claim of innocence.
Joan was threatened with rape and torture, though there is no record that either actually occurred. On May 29, 1431, the tribunal announced Joan of Arc was guilty of heresy. On the morning of May 30, she was taken out and burned at the stake, before an estimated crowd of 10,000 people. She was only 19 nineteen years old when she died.
After Joan's death, the Hundred Years’ War continued for another 22 years. King Charles VII (previously prince Charles of Valois) ultimately retained his crown, and he ordered an investigation that in 1456 declared Joan of Arc to be officially innocent of all charges and designated a martyr. She was canonized as a saint on May 16, 1920, and is now the patron saint of France.
Harriet Tubman was an African American slave born in 1820. Harriet’s first master’s name was Edward Brodas. Brodas tried selling her, but she eventually got sick and was taken back to Brodas. At seven Brodas sold her again this time to Miss Susan. Harriet was put to work in the field at age seven. This made her mother worry, but Harriet stayed strong. Harriet would work every day starting when the sun came up till it fell again.
After Nat Turner’s attack even though he was captured slave owners got scared their slaves would rebel too. The slaves were no longer aloud to meet or even sing. Harriet didn’t think this was right.
Not long after, she heard whispers of an underground railroad. She would ask other slaves if they knew anything about it but none of them did.
While Harriet Tubman was working in the fields she saw one of the slaves start running for the road. He was trying to escape. The overseer saw and rain after him. The overseer had a horse so he reached the man quickly.
Harriet ran after them. She wanted to see what would happen. When the overseer caught the slave he told Harriet to hold onto the slave while he whipped him. Harriet refused. She knew he just wanted to be free as she did. The boy started running again. The overseer got out his whip and started waving it around as hard as he could, but missed the run away, and hit Harriet on her forehead. It was a large and deep wound.
The wound was so bad her parent feared she would not get better and die because of it. Her owner no longer had any use for her. He tried selling her but no one wanted a half unconscious slave.
Harriet finally started to get better, but her head was always hurting. The wound made her fall sound asleep. She never knew when this would happen.
One day, when she was a bit older, she saw a quaker. A quaker is a white person that thinks slavery is wrong. The woman told Harriet about the underground railroad, and how to get there.
One night Harriet left with nothing, but a bag of cornbread, salt pork, and a piece of paper the quaker had given her. When Harriet reached a swamp she remembered her father telling her dogs can’t smell her if she goes in water.
Harriet spent two nights without sleep in the woods, but on the third night she fell asleep near the road due to her head injury. She woke to the sound of hooves against the hard road. They were looking for her. She hid behind tall weeds hoping they’d be gone soon. One of the men said “Let’s go back. There’s no runaway slave on this road. Well get the dogs and look again in the morning,” and so they left. Harriet waited until she could no longer hear the hooves clicking on the road.
She was looking for a white house with green shutters. When she found it she knocked on the door. A tall woman answered without saying anything, then pooled Harriet inside. She gave the woman the paper the quaker had given her.
Harriet stayed at the house for three days. She was aloud meals and got to sleep on the bed. When she left they told her it was a long walk, but harriet was up for the challenge.
When she reached the next town she approached a man and gave him the paper unsure if he was the right person. Luckily he had tickets for the railroad. He gave her clothes and a shovel, and said “I’m Mr. Trent, Harriet. You’re going to walk into Wilmington as my workman. We’ll pass guards watching the road for runaway slaves, but just follow me, and don’t say a word.”
She was almost there.
He guided her past the guards. She walked through the woods until she saw a sign. It had the same letters as the ones on the paper. She was finally in Pennsylvania, a free state!
From 1850 to 1861 she made nineteen trips to the North bringing other slaves with her. She led over three hundred slaves to freedom, and was never captured.
When she was too old to go there and back she spoke out for Women and newly free African Americans.
Harriet Tubman always fought even when it was hard or she missed her family. I hope this story has inspired you to do great things.
Anne Frank was a young teen who went into hiding during the Holocaust. While she was hiding she wrote in the diary that made her famous. Anne Frank was born on June 12, 1929 in Frankfurt Germany. She lived with her parents Otto Frank, and Edith Frank and her sister Margot Frank. Her family went into hiding for two years. They lived in annexes during the Holocaust. To hide, the lived behind bookshelves. During that period she journaled her experiences. Anne Frank was 15 when her and her family were found and sent to camps where she died. The only survivor in their family was Otto Frank, Anne’s dad. He went back to the annex they hid in and found Anne’s diary. Then, he published the diary. Anne Frank later became famous because of her diary.
Jacqueline Lee "Jackie" Kennedy Onassis Bouvier was born in July 28, 1929 in Southampton, NY. One of Jackie's close friends since childhood was Nancy Tuckerman, who later was hired by Jacqueline to be her social secretary at the White House. She graduated among the top students of her class and received the Maria McKinney Memorial Award for Excellence in Literature. In the fall of 1947, Bouvier enrolled at Vassar College in PoughKeepsie, New York. She had wanted to attend Sarah Lawrence College, closer to New York City, but her parents insisted that she choose the better school Vassar. Jackie participated in the school's art and drama clubs and wrote for its newspaper. Upon returning home, she transferred to George Washington University in Washington, D.C. In 1951, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in French literature from and went on to work for the George Washington University Washington Times-Herald as an inquiring photographer. During the early years of her marriage to John F. Kennedy, she took continuing education classes in American history at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. John F. Kennedy was her first husband until he died and she remarried. Additionally, Jacqueline suffered a miscarriage in 1955 and in August 1956 gave birth to a stillborn daughter, Arabella. Jacqueline gave birth to a daughter Caroline on November 27, 1957. On July 13 at the 1960 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles, the Democratic Party nominated John Kennedy for President of the United States. Jacqueline did not attend the nomination due to her pregnancy, which had been publicly announced ten days earlier. A little over two weeks later on November 25, Jacqueline gave birth to the couple's first son, John F. Kennedy, Jr. She spent two weeks recovering in the hospital, during which the most minute details of both her and her son's conditions were reported by the media in what has been considered the first instance of national interest in the Kennedy family. When her husband was sworn in as president on January 20, 1961, 31-year-old Jacqueline became the third youngest First Lady in American history-behind Frances Folsom (21) and Julia Gardiner (24). Jackie was the first Lady of the United States from 1961 until her husband's assassination in 1963. Jacqueline Kennedy was married to John F. Kennedy the 35th president of the United States. Her 2nd husband was Aristotle Onassis and they were married from 1968–1975. Her children were Caroline Kennedy, John F. Kennedy Jr., Patrick Bouvier Kennedy, and Arabella Kennedy. In 1963 Jackie was pregnant again with Patrick Bouvier Kennedy whose lungs were not fully developed and so he was transferred from Cape Cod to Boston Children's Hospital where he died of hyaline membrane disease two days after he was born. Jackie was affected by the death and entered a state of depression. On November 22, John F. Kennedy was scheduled to speak at lunch and on their way in a presidential limousine John F. Kennedy was assassinated. On November 29, a week after the assassination, Kennedy was interviewed by Life Magazine. On October 20, 1968 Kennedy married her longtime friend Aristotle Onassis. Aristotle Onassis' health began deteriorating rapidly following the death of his son Alexander in a plane crash in 1973 and he died of respiratory failure at age 69 in Paris on March 15, 1975. In November 1993, Onassis was thrown from her horse while participating in a fox hunt in Middleburg, Virginia and was taken to the hospital to be examined. A swollen lymph node was discovered in her groin and seemed to be caused by infection. In December she was diagnosed with Ki1 non-Hodgkin lymphoma. By march it had spread to her spinal cord and brain, and by May it had spread to her liver. On May 18 1994 at 10:15 p.m. she died in her sleep at age 64. Kennedy was ranked fifth place in the list of the five most influential First Ladies of the twentieth century. In 2014 she ranked third place for a Siena College Institute Survey. In 2015 she was included on the list of the top ten most influential U.S. First Ladies due to the admiration of her fashion and dignity.
Bessie coleman was a young woman who had a dream to start a flying school for African Americans. She faced a lot of challenges throughout her life starting with the the fact that she was black. Most, people did not want to teach a black person. In fact she had to teach herself french so she could go to France because everyone in the U.S denied her. In France Bessie went to Caudron Brother's School of Aviation where she became the first black women to earn a pilot's license. Bessie had a dream and was not gonna stop until it became true. Sadly when Bessie was rehearsing for an aerial show her plane crashed killing her at age 34. We should always remember Bessie for braveness. Nowadays, she is a huge inspiration for young women.
In Tuskegee Alabama, February 4, 1913 a baby girl was born. Her name was Rosa Louise McCauley. For Rosa’s first few years of her life she lived with her mother, Leona McCauley, and her father, James McCauley. Rosa was gonna change the world but she didn’t know it yet.
Soon after Rosa’s brother, Sylvester, was born her parents separated and she went to live with her mom in Pine Level, Alabama. She faced crucial racism because she was black. She had to go to a different school, drink out of a different water fountain, eat at a different restaurant, and she wasn’t able to ride the bus to school. She also had to give up her seat on the bus when another white person wanted a seat. Lots of things were different in her world because she was black and she did not like it.
In, 1929, Rosa let school and went to care for her sick grandmother and mother. She never went back to school because she got a job at a shirt factory. When Rosa was nineteen she met her future husband Raymond Parks. Then on December 18, 1932, she married Raymond and changed her last name to Parks. A year later due to Raymond’s help Rosa earned her high school degree.
Then on December 1, 1955, Rosa’s life changed. Rosa had a hard day's work and was tired so she took a ride on the bus. She was there before many people so more seats were open. Rosa sat in a seat close to the front. Unfortunately, more and more people kept arriving. Soon there wasn’t enough seats for everyone. The bus driver asked four different black people to leave. The first three gave up their seats right away but the fourth, Rosa Parks, didn’t. Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat. She didn’t refuse because she was tired physically she refused because she was tired mentally. She was tired of putting up with unfair treatment and cruelty. Then, the bus driver called the police because Rosa wasn’t willing to move seats. That day in 1955, Rosa was arrested.
After Rosa was arrested blacks started a boycott with their leader Martin Luther King Jr. Unfortunately, people went out of control. White people wanted the boycott to stop so bad the they were willing to use violence to end it. They bombed Martin Luther King’s house and burned black churches. Finally, the boycott ended on December 20, 1956. The Montgomery Bus Boycott was the most successful boycott mass movement against racial segregation.
In 1987 Rosa founded the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute. She worked with a longtime friend Elaina Eason Steele. Then, in 1992 she published a book called Rosa Parks: My story. It was an autobiography recounting her life in the segregated South. After that, in 1995 she published her book Quiet Strength.
In her life Rosa earned many many awards. She earned the Martin Luther King Jr. Award and the Spingarn Medal. The Spingarn Medal was the highest award you could get from NAACP. Then on September 9, 1996 Bill Clinton awarded her the highest honor given by the United States, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 1997 she was given the Congressional Gold Medal which was the highest award given by the United States legislative branch. Lastly, in 1999 TIME magazine listed her in “The top 20 most influential People of the 20th century.”
Sadly, In 2004 Rosa Parks was diagnosed with progressive dementia. Then, on October 24, 2005, Rosa Parks quietly passed away in her apartment room in Detroit, Michigan. People need to thank Rosa for her braveness and kindness. “The only tired I was, was tired of giving in” - Rosa Parks. Rosa Parks faced many challenges and is a huge inspiration for everyone.