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As the president of women-focused university and as provincial leader of its sponsoring organization, the School Sisters of Notre Dame, who have been dedicated to educating women globally for over 175 years, we see this tragedy as affirmation of our mission to educate women leaders. Our university was founded on the radical notion that educating women can transform the world. The threat that Malala represents to some proves that our work is far from finished.
Campuses such as ours welcome women students from all over the world, including the Muslim world, where they can learn in a safe, respectful environment. Malala's forceful voice exhorts us to be vigilant in protecting the rights we have won, and fervent in eliminating the barriers to opportunity that persist. Whether it is in the Third World or the First, the essential work of educating women for leadership must never be considered accomplished, because sadly, the force of ignorance is never vanquished completely.
James F. Conneely and Sr. Kathleen Cornell, Baltimore