What’s So Scary About Smart Girls?

Posted on May 19, 2014, by Half the Sky Movement

In his recent article "What's So Scary About Smart Girls?," Nicholas Kristof says that “the greatest threat to extremism isn’t drones firing missiles, but girls reading books.”

Why does Boko Haram feel so threatened by these girls, to the point that militants kidnapped them as they were taking their exams? Why did the Taliban feel so threatened by Malala Yousafzai speaking up for her right to an education that it sought to silence her by shooting her? Why have attacks on education become a tool for those who want to intimidate or weaken girls who are just trying to go to school?

Because smart girls can change the status quo. Education and knowledge can overcome rule by ignorance and violence. 

We made this video to show that smart girls are not something to be feared. They must be supported and championed. Check out this page to learn more about how you can support them.

We are not afraid of smart girls.