I am the girl behind popElephant.com, and I am stronger than indifference. Today is Malala Day, a day named for a girl who is stronger than fear, violence, oppression, even stronger than a bullet.
Today I join my voice to those letting girls, women, children all around the world know they are not alone. We are all stronger than fear, terrorism, apathy, nationalities, hate. We are all stronger than we think.
I, however, do not have a heartbreaking story. I have not experienced violence. I have not been stopped from learning. I have not been overtly discriminated against.
I am a girl. I am a girl with two college degrees, one in Physics, the other in Business. I did not face terror, violence, or hatred in the pursuit of my education like so many, too many, others. Not a day goes by that I am not grateful for that. And not a day goes by that I don’t want to change the world so my experience can be that of all girls
What are you Stronger Than?
Today we can all be stronger than something. We can all feel the injustice experienced by so many girls everywhere in the world. Today, and every day, be:
Stronger than indifference
Stronger than selfishness
Stronger than guilt
Stronger than prejudice
Make more meaning
Today, then, is as good a day as any other to announce that part of all sales in my etsy shop will be donated to MalalaFund. Not just today, but every day that my shop stays open.
I want the world to be a better place. I do not have a grand vision of what exactly it should look like. But I know we will never get there if anyone remains out of the discussion. The best way to change this is to make education accessible to everyone, everywhere.
You can donate directly and make Malala’s birthday wish come true.