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Center for Women's and Gender Equity Fall Book Club: Chapter 5-8 Meeting Review

CWGE Book Club

Destiny Fay, Outreach Specialist
October 13, 2020

"It does not matter what language you choose; the important thing is the words you use to express yourself" (Malala Yousafai, pg. 78)

September 30, 2020 was our second meeting discussing I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban and the chapters we read during the two weeks were chapters five through eight. Here is a short summary of these chapters.

In these chapters Malala starts off with a childhood story that shows the type of person she is. These stories create a connection between her and the reader because many people could relate in one way or another to her stories. In these chapters Malala also talks in depth of the history of Pakistan, and just like her childhood stories, we can relate. One example that she talks about is what happened in Pakistan after 9/11 and how at this time the Taliban was becoming visible and creating uncertainty within her home. Malala goes into the history of Pakistan to set up the next chapters that described her father’s struggles with opening a school for both boys and girls while the community grew more and more conservative. These chapters demonstrated that Malala is a human like everyone else, one that cries when she gets into trouble and prays for a peaceful world.

We did a check in and instead of having specific questions to think about, we decided to process the chapters that we read for this meeting.

“Rather I receive your bullet-riddled body with honor, than new of your cowardice on the battlefield” Traditional Pashto couplet (Part One - p. 11)

In preparation for our next meeting we will be reading (or listening) to Chapters 9-12. Our next meeting will be Wednesday, October 14 from 11 a.m.–12 p.m. via Zoom. The Book Club Blog is here to keep everyone updated in order for anyone to join at any time. So join today!

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“…God, give me strength and courage and make me perfect because I want to make this world perfect.” (Malala Yousafai, pg. 89)

As we continue through the semester, we will make sure to include these items in each post:

  • Check out our Frequently Asked Questions webpage to see if we have an answer to any questions you may have. If you don't see your question on there, feel free to send us an email at cwge@unco.edu with your question(s) and we'll add it to our webpage!
  • If you don't have I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban already (don't worry because we didn't either), you can find or gain access to it in many ways. We did a little of the work and put together a document with some options.

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