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In Celebration of Young Women

For Women's History Month, young women sent us a photo of themselves with a favorite book, and we shared their stories at an open house at Books Inc in Palo Alto. Here are a few of their stories. (See also the videos.)

Hello, my name is Nezha.

I am a student, and I am 16 years old. Reading is the most beautiful thing in life, simply because it is our window to the wide world out there and is a bridge between cultures east and west. I love detective stories so much, which we thankfully get from Palo Alto. I dream of being an English teacher.

I like the story of the book "Matilda," as she is a member of a family that cares less about children, which is so much like many girls whose families care less about their education as well.

Nezha, Erfoud

Hello everyone.

My name is Hajar, and I am 16 years old. One of my favorite books is "Girls Think of Everything." I like this book because it is talking about the woman and her importance in society as well as her contribution to the world.

For me, I want to be a military doctor. For this reason I as a girl must study harder and read more. I think only reading can make of us a smart generation.

Thank you,

Hajar, Erfoud

Hi. My name is Oumayma.

My favorite book is "I Am Malala" because it talks about every girl's struggle for education. I like her way of giving a model to the world.

For me, I am crazy about reading short stories and reading in general. Reading for me is very important. You can ask my teacher Mr. Abdelhaq about me. It helps developing many communication skills. Certainly you heard of my dream when you visited my school. I want to be a military woman.

Oumayma, Erfoud

Hi everyone.

My name is Lamyae, and I am 16 years old. My dream is to become a policewoman that's so as to protect my country.

I am a girl, and that is the reason why I like the book "Little Women," which I find amazing as it talks about women in general and the environment where they live.

We as girls in our country must go to school and become educated to fight and make our dreams true. So, reading and studying are the keys to a successful future.

Lamyae, Erfoud

And from El-Guerdane...