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Anne Frank Shows Me How Young Women Are Not Heard

A portrait of Anne Frank.
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A portrait of Anne Frank.

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I believe Anne Frank’s diary shows us how important teen girls words can be, and she shows how young women are constantly put to the side and aren’t heard.
Even in today’s modern day, from Anne Frank’s diary…. “Let me be myself and then I’m satisfied. I know that I’m a woman, a woman with inward strength and plenty of courage.”
Those are the words from a young girl growing into a young woman, and they hold so much meaning for young women around the world to how they are not heard.
This quote is one of the many powerful quotes in Frank’s diary that show us how important it is to listen to the adolescent mind. Anne Frank wrote that entry during World War II in April of 1944 It was her second year in the annex. In Anne franks diary .. “One side contains my exuberant cheerfulness, my flippancy, my joy in life and, above all, my ability to appreciate the lighter side of things. […] This side of me is usually lying in wait to ambush the other one, which is much purer, deeper and finer. No one knows Anne’s better side.”
Frank gave us a lot of knowledge and wisdom that she isn’t credited for.
The quote gives us a straight look into a young girl’s mind, and the twists and turns that come with it. This quote also gives us a raw and truthful look into the state of her mental health at the time. (Which of course wasn’t great since she was stuck in an annex for two years with basically all the same people.)
From Anne Franks Diary…“Not only because I’ve never written anything before, but also because it seems to me that later on neither I nor anyone else will be interested the musings of a thirteen-year-old schoolgirl.”.
This shows how a young girl who thought her words wouldn’t matter enough to be read, but actually wrote something that gave another perspective on our history and has been read by millions.
To end this I will share my favorite quote that I myself relate to a lot.
“Paper has more patience than people,: Frank wrote showing how
constantly girls have to shy away from everyone and keep away their thoughts and dreams. I connect with this quote because I’m a woman, and specifically adults don’t have time for “my nonsense plans and wishes for my future and myself.”
Paper can hear all of it though and never give an opinion, which sometimes can be quite nice.
Anne Frank has showed me how important it is to listen and to be heard.

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Ella Miller, Staff Writer
Ella Miller is a freshman in Bear River High School who is focusing mainly on her future. She has an undeniable passion for her writing and reading. If you were to ask her who she loved most it would be her cat Django, who is now 7.
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