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I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban

The 2014-2015 Text-in-Community campus read selection for North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University

Shiza Shahid at TEDx MidAtlantic: 12/16/2013

There are no Superheroes, Just Us: My Journey with Malala

Shiza Shahid helped Taliban gunshot victim Malala Yousafzai return to school, and is the co-founder and director of the Malala Fund. The fund supports education innovators and activists across the world. Shahid has supported Malala's work since 2009, when she mentored Malala and others in a summer retreat in Pakistan.

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A Message from Malala: Meet my Father and my Mother: 3/17/2014

A Message from Malala: Meet my Father and my Mother

Malala Yousafzai couldn’t come to TED2014 — because she has vowed to never miss another day of school. But her voice was heard through this video, which introduced Ziauddin Yousafzai’s powerful talk about his daughter and their shared commitment to education.

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Kavita Ramdas: Radical Women, Embracing Tradition: Nov 2009

Kavita Ramdas: Radical Women, Embracing Tradition

Investing in women can unlock infinite potential around the globe. But how can women walk the line between Western-style empowerment and traditional culture? Kavita Ramdas of the Global Fund for Women talks about three encounters with powerful women who fight to make the world better — while preserving the traditions that sustain them.

credit: TEDIndia 2009

Shabana Basij-Rasikh: Dare to Educate Afghan Girls: Dec 2012

Shabana Basij-Rasikh: Dare to Educate Afghan Girls

Imagine a country where girls must sneak out to go to school, with deadly consequences if they get caught learning. This was Afghanistan under the Taliban, and traces of that danger remain today. 22-year-old Shabana Basij-Rasikh runs a school for girls in Afghanistan. She celebrates the power of a family's decision to believe in their daughters — and tells the story of one brave father who stood up to local threats. 

credit: TEDxWomen 2012

Sheryl WuDunn: Our Century's Greatest Injustice: Jul 2010

Sheryl WuDunn: Our Century's Greatest Injustice

Sheryl WuDunn's book "Half the Sky" investigates the oppression of women globally. Her stories shock. Only when women in developing countries have equal access to education and economic opportunity will we be using all our human resources.

credit: TEDGlobal 2010

Ziauddin Yousafzai: My Daughter, Malala: March 2014

Ziauddin Yousafzai: My daughter, Malala

Pakistani educator Ziauddin Yousafzai reminds the world of a simple truth that many don’t want to hear: Women and men deserve equal opportunities for education, autonomy, an independent identity. He tells stories from his own life and the life of his daughter, Malala, who was shot by the Taliban in 2012 simply for daring to go to school. "Why is my daughter so strong?” Yousafzai asks. “Because I didn’t clip her wings."

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Michelle Obama: A Plea for Education: Apr 2009

Michelle Obama: A Plea for Education

Speaking at a London girls' school, Michelle Obama makes a passionate, personal case for each student to take education seriously. It is this new, brilliant generation, she says, that will close the gap between the world as it is and the world as it should be.

credit: Elizabeth G. Anderson School, London, 2009

Kakenya Ntaiya: A Girl Who Demanded School: Oct 2012

Kakenya Ntaiya: A Girl Who Demanded School: Oct 2012

Kakenya Ntaiya made a deal with her father: She would undergo the traditional Maasai rite of passage of female circumcision if he would let her go to high school. Ntaiya tells the fearless story of continuing on to college, and of working with her village elders to build a school for girls in her community. It’s the educational journey of one that altered the destiny of 125 young women. 

credit: TEDxMidAtlantic 2012