“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.”
― Nora Ephron
In many countries around the world, getting an education is an act of courage. We saw the story of young Malala, who stood up for her right to an education and got shot in the head for her beliefs. That’s a dramatic example of what it can take, but there are so many girls around the world that fight the same battle, but without the same drama (thank goodness) and the same visibility. They have to fight the norms of their cultures, the inaccessibility of schools, the demands of their families on them to help in the house or nurse their elders. They are often pressured to get married at a young age and then become mothers even before they are teens. For these girls, education, just learning the simple skills of basic reading and addition and subtraction, is such a gift. And for this gift they must struggle. They intuitively know they must be the heroines in their own lives. Against the odds, against social pressure, they refuse to be victims. They do whatever they can to get the education that could make them who they really want to be, or give them freedom that they seek. They are examples of what real life heroines look like. They are the beautiful faces of courage.