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Jill began blogging for Feministe in 2005. She has since written as a weekly columnist for the Guardian newspaper and in April 2014 she was appointed as senior political writer for Cosmopolitan magazine.
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  1. Emma
    Emma July 12, 2013 at 1:00 pm |

    She is amazing! Such an inspiration, and a true role model. Yes she is a hero! :)

  2. Sid
    Sid July 12, 2013 at 2:43 pm |

    She is very brave and certainly deserves to be recognized, but I find it unbelievably hypocritical of liberals in the West to sing her praises and demonize the Taliban, while simultaneously failing to recognize how hundreds of children have been droned dead in NWFP and neighboring regions for the crime of being born in the wrong part of the world. These children also wanted to be educated, but apparently the vast majority of Americans don’t care about them.

    1. Hina
      Hina July 15, 2013 at 10:37 am |

      Drone attacks may not be an ideal way of dealing with the terrorists hiding in Pakistan but it is the best option at this time. For those who think we shouldn’t be handing it this way, i just want to ask what better solution do you have? How do we deal with the terrorists that kill pakistanis and people in other countries every day. The terrorists living there are a bigger danger to the people of pakistan than the drones.

      1. macavitykitsune
        macavitykitsune July 15, 2013 at 10:52 am |

        This is a good start to your answer.

        1. Hina
          Hina July 15, 2013 at 11:45 am |

          That didn’t suggest anything about how to solve the problem of the taliban in Pakistan who kill more people(children included) than what is caused by drones. The parts of Pakistan where they live are areas the pakistani government doesn’t even have complete control over and can’t enter that territory to stop the talibans who continue to attack every province of pakistan just to spread terror. I’m a pakistani woman who was born there but now reside in the United States. I still go back to visit family and know the problems faced by pakistani women. The tone of that author and using words like, “white washing” just makes me really uncomfortable to be honest.

      2. Kerplunk
        Kerplunk July 16, 2013 at 1:17 am |

        I think that your question is based on the false assumption that the US is trying to help. Colonialist intervention is not undertaken in order to assist the people being colonized. The US has its own geopolitical interests.

        The Taliban would not have gained power in the first place if the Soviet Union (another imperialist power) had not left the region in ruins, and the support that the US gave to the mujahedin at the time was complicit in arming present-day terrorists.

        I don’t think it’s realistic to think that US intervention, especially when it comes in the form of killing civilians, will help the people of Pakistan, and neither do Pakistanis, only 17% of whom are in favor of drone strikes against militants.

        You ask for a better solution, but that is a complex issue that requires dramatic structural changes.

  3. birdie
    birdie July 12, 2013 at 5:14 pm |

    Hear, hear, Malala! Let all oppressors learn that attacks give strength, and not take it away. That they can only defeat themselves, because their power is nothing but an illusion.

  4. Schmorgluck
    Schmorgluck July 15, 2013 at 5:54 pm |

    I’m not sure Malala Yousafzai needs the Nobel Peace Prize, but I think the Nobel Peace Prize really needs Malala Yousafzai. And many analysts, commenters, and gamblers consider the odds are rather strong that she’ll get it.

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