Studying the girls' education movement can shine a recent, relevant perspective on a range of issues covered in U.S. History, including women's suffrage and gender studies. Such study also provides an opportunity for students to learn about women’s rights leaders like Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Clara Barton and Eleanor Roosevelt.
The lesson uses the story of gender rights activist Malala Yousafzai. On October 9, 2012, Malala was riding the school bus home when Taliban militiamen shot her. Malala was already a well-known advocate for girls' education in Pakistan, which has one of the world's lowest rates of school enrollment for girls. Malala survived the cold-blooded attack and has continued to advocate heroically for her fellow countrywomen and girls around the world.
The following website provides tools and resources for teachers and parents, making it easy to bridge the gap between education and human rights and to promote child and youth participation in future civil societies.