“Let us pick up our books and our pens, they are the most powerful weapons.” ~Malala Yousafzai
The power of girls with books. Once upon a time, girls in my part of the world fought hard to gain equal access to education. This 1909 Art Nouveau poster–with the slogan to “Do It Now!“–is a passionate call to action for girls and women to dig for knowledge. Knowledge, as they say, is power.
That was a century ago. Now, we take it for granted that our girls will go to school and follow their dreams.
Not so for an estimated 65 million girls around the world. These girls don’t get to go to school because of poverty, poor health, violence, and inequality–because they are girls.
Where there are schools, girls will risk their lives to learn. That’s the case with Malala. And for 300 brave Nigerian school girls, kidnapped and still missing.
In all of this tragedy, there is the simple reminder that there is nothing more empowering than knowledge.
If we support education equality for girls and boys (here, there and everywhere), we can change a life, and change the world.
Illustration by Sadie Wendell Mitchell, 1909 (source: Library of Congress).
Read more about the history of British women’s education rights at this beautiful blog.