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Uppity girls

Here's an image from a chemistry class at St Peter's College for Women in Lahore, Pakistan. It's a school for poor girls from the countryside, sponsored by the Church of Pakistan. I thought of visiting schools like this in Pakistan when reading about Malala Yousufzai, the courageous 15-year old girl who was shot by the Taliban on October 9, targeted because she dared to demand education for girls. The education of girls and women was a priority from the beginning for Methodist missionaries and others who went to the region in the 19th Century, and schools like St. Peter's remain as a legacy of that empowerment, no matter how troubling they are to those who want to push girls back in the house, out of sight. May you recover well, Malala.

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