Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Day 16

Day 16: A picture of someone who inspires you

Azar Nafisi's work truly inspires me.  We read her memoir, Reading Lolita in Tehran, in my Women in Global Politics and Dissent through Memoir courses in college.  After the Iranian Revolution, and the extreme restrictions placed on women, Nafisi would gather a small group of young women in her home and teach them a literature course.  Through this secret course and the use of forbidden Western literature, Nafisi was able to open the eyes of these women to the opportunities outside of the conservative Iranian regime and provide them with the opportunity to explore their thoughts, emotions, and ideas...which they were no longer allowed to do in public. 

I find Nafisi's work so unbelievably beautiful and inspiring.  She used her talents to change the lives of these young women and risked punishment if anyone discovered what she was doing.  Most of all, I love how her story shows even a small activity, like teaching a literature course, can have such a big impact on the lives of others.  It inspires me to try to make little differences whenever possible.  You never know what kind of impact even your small actions can make.

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