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International Women's Day: 3 Women Who Inspire Me

Angie Hindy

Posted on March 08 2018

Salam and hello everyone. My name is Hana and I’m the co-founder of Leena’s Hijabs.

This is the first blog post I’ve ever written. I decided to write about 3 women who inspire me, since March is National Women’s History Month and March 8th is International Women’s Day.

I hope you enjoy reading my first blog. If you know of a girl like me who wants to write a blog post for our website or wants to help empower and inspire girls, send my mom and I an email at info@leenashijabs.com with your ideas.

Joanne Kathleen Rowling (J.K.Rowling):

J.K. Rowling is an inspirational woman to me because her books boosted my love of reading. When my older sister, Ayah, first introduced me to reading, I was skeptical. I thought that reading was boring, and that it did no good at all. To satisfy my sister, I read a few children’s books. My sister was still dissatisfied, and decided to give me one of her favourite books, Harry Potter.

I thought I would just read a line, decide it was boring, then voice my thoughts to my sister, and never have to bother with reading again. It was on the first chapter when I founded my love of reading. I had been reading for two or three pages, and I was, to sum it up, bored from my head to my toes. I considered putting down the book, and to quit the whole concept of reading, when I landed on a line.

I remember clearly, page seven, paragraph eight, when Mr. Dursley said to his wife, “Well, I just thought...maybe...it was something to do with...you know...her lot.” I don’t know how that one line set off a spark in me, but soon that tiny spark of curiosity grew into a fire of adoration for reading. I think that the way that J.K. Rowling wrote that line was the reason that a fondness of reading grew in me. The way that Mr. Dursley said, “her lot,” made me feel that something mysterious was brewing, even before light was shone onto who “her lot” really was.

J.K.Rowling inspired me to write my own book this year (grade 8) named ‘Mist’. I would never have loved reading if it hadn’t been for this gifted author.

Rosa Parks:

Rosa Parks is a woman who stood up for her rights, and changed the course of history. She inspired me with her bravery, and how she changed the lives of many coloured people by just saying “NO.” 

I did a play about her with my class this year for black history month, and I realized that with her “NO”, Rosa Parks opened a door for coloured people to alter history, by gaining them rights. The white and the black were always separated unequally and the whites had the advantages. Black people would even be arrested if they talked back to a white person. There were laws that decreed that on buses, white people would sit in the front, and coloured at the back. If there was no space for a white person, or one was left standing, a coloured person was forced to give up his/her seat, and the whole row had to shift back, so they wouldn’t be in the same line as the white person.

When Rosa Parks refused to get off her seat, she started a bus boycott and actually almost putting the buses out of business. A new law was then passed that white and coloured people were allowed to sit together on the buses. So, what I have to say for Rosa Parks is, “You go girl!”

Nusaybah Bint Ka’ab

Nusaybah Bint Ka’ab was an amazing woman of bravery and courage. It was recorded that on the Battle of Uhud, when the archers were deserting their posts, she had rushed into battle.

The Prophet Muhammad(S.A.W.) said, “Whenever I would turn to my right or my left, I would see Nusaybah Bint Ka’ab fighting before me”. She is my role model because she showed me that not only men can contribute to defending oneself in battle. It wasn’t just that she was fighting, she was one of the best fighters there were. She was even one of those in battle who were protecting the Prophet(S.A.W.) when he was struck with the rock, and the people were trying to hurt him.

I think that Nusaybah Bint Ka’ab is an amazing symbol of women power, and how strong women really are. She is someone to remember when you want to be reminded that women are really amazing, and not feeble.

I hope you enjoyed my first blog about the 3 women who inspire me. I would love to know about more inspiring women so I can learn from them. Who inspires you?

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