If you want to destroy a country, start with the woman. She is half of the society and she raises the other half. Deprive her from education and keep her away from studying and learning and you will get an ignorant society.” That was a quote I came across today and it stuck to my head and I spent the whole day thinking about how true it is. If we take a deeper look at the Middle Eastern society for example, we can see that many families always tend to encourage their sons to complete their studies and get higher degrees while these same families think that their daughters won’t need education. I saw many girls back in Syria that dropped out of college because they didn’t think that they would need a degree. Most of them had full grades in high school and were brilliant but neither these girls nor their families believed that their education will matter or will make a change in this male dominated society.
However if we take a closer look of how women impacted this world, we can obviously realize that it wasn’t only men’s work. Women have won Nobel prizes, have built countries, have lead successful companies and so on. Unfortunately this is not what many women see. They underestimate themselves and don’t believe in their ability to affect this world.
What we really need is a change in the way the woman is looked at. This change is not only from men’s perspective but also from the perspective of the woman herself. I’ve met many wonderful women here in the US that are leaders now and they have proved that they can be as good as men. I think our role is to raise awareness of how educating women is the key to a well-structured society that offers equal opportunities to its people regardless of their gender.