By SAIRA SUMBAL
“Do not fear failure. Do not let negative experiences – and there are always plenty – get in your way. In your life, many things – especially the biggest heartbreaks – will only make sense as you look back, not as you are experiencing them. Many of what seems at the time to be your biggest setback will end up leading to your biggest opportunities, and in ways you can’t predict. So don’t let that voice of doubt — the obnoxious roommate in your head — have the last word. As Montaigne said, “There were many terrible things in my life, but most of them never happened.””
– Arianna Huffington, Editor-in-chief, Huffington Post Media Group featured in a CNN article marking the UN’s International day of the Girl, and included various power women on what they would tell the 15-year-old version of themselves
This week we celebrated the United Nations International Day of the Girl. And as we head into the month of October, we also celebrate National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Such days set aside to advocate for females, particularly the beautifully crafted words of news business mogul Arianna Huffington, inspired me to ask a major question: in this thriving digital age, whether it’s the internet or the iPhone, are the voices of women better represented?
The first answer that came to my mind: Of course. And I am really curious to see what others thoughts are on this. The Digital Age has revolutionized not only the way people communicate in general, but it has also given all (including women) an outlet to express their views and opinions.
And then, I thought about the shooting of Malala Yousafzai, the 14-year-old Pakistani girl who was shot by the Taliban for her attempts to promote education among girls her age. Currently, Yousafzai is in intensive care.
The Digital Age has benefited the general populace, including women, of certain countries. However, it also causes reflection on how such digital tools fit in the context of developing countries where digital tools lack, and how an increase prevalence of the Internet, and of new media use, could change the way women express themselves. Tweets for Malala Yousafzai’s bravery? I think so. And I hope that the wisdom of Huffington’s words that she wish she knew when she was 15 year-olds somehow reaches 14-year-olds like Yousafzai – and they continue to fight. And we female journalists ensure that we give a voice to such stories.