What are Malala's views on women's education in I Am Malala?

In I Am Malala, Malala's views on women's education are that it is of the utmost importance and worth fighting for. To Malala's way of thinking, the Islamic faith does not ban women from getting an education.

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The cover of Malala's autobiography reads I am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban. That, in a nutshell, tells us what Malala's views on education for women is: she would give her life for it.

Before being shot, Malala had been speaking at events with her father as part of his campaign for girls' education, and thanks to her father's commitment to putting this inequality right, her passion for women's education begins at a young age. She has been raised by a father who believes that a lack of universal education "was the root of all Pakistan's problems," and she thoroughly echoes the sentiment. When the Taliban arrives in her area and girls are ordered to stay home, Malala continues to go to school, recognizing education as more important than unjust laws.

Despite being a devout Muslim, Malala will not accept the habit of citing Islam when forbidding women from learning. She firmly believes that women can get an education while remaining true to their Islamic faith.

On a trip to Islamabad, organized by her family friend Shiza Shahid, Malala is introduced to women "who were lawyers and doctors and also activists." This reaffirms Malala's belief in the power and importance of education for women.

When she speaks at an education gala in Lahore, Malala neatly sums up her views on women's education.

I know the importance of education because my pens and books were taken from me by force. But the girls of Swat are not afraid of anyone. We have continued with our education.

Even being shot does not deter Malala from her beliefs about the importance of women's education. As soon as she is well enough after being shot, she goes back to school in England, where she now lives.

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