未受教育的妇女对社会的负面影响包括个人因素和社会因素。首先，许多没有受过教育的女性更容易受到早婚的影响，而早婚通常是违背她们的意愿的(在某些情况下，甚至是8岁或10岁的女孩)。这导致数以百万计的年轻女孩没有合适的工具来建立健康的、受过教育的家庭。青年组织之声(voice of Youth organization)指出，“每一年，一个女孩上完五年级，她的婚姻就会被推迟一年”(Madu)。同样,马拉拉强调这一点时,她指出,“一个€¦(父母)只是等待他们的女儿结婚了,儿子去学校”(Yousafzai 29)。这反过来又导致大多数女孩在极其年轻的年龄生育，导致年轻女孩在孩子出生时死亡率更高，或者仅仅因为孩子不健康。研究表明，女孩多受一年教育也会降低17%的生育率。其次，未受过教育的女性在家庭或公共场合交流和表达自己也有很多困难。对许多年轻女性来说，做一些简单的事情，如阅读标语或在杂货店付款，是非常困难的，因为她们没有机会学习如何阅读。马拉拉讲述了一个小女孩卖桔子的故事。“她用铅笔在一张纸上划上记号，以说明她卖的橙子的价格，”因为她不会读也不会写(Yousafzai 217)。最后，发展中国家缺乏受过教育的人是使受过教育的人能够利用他们的无知的原因。这一点在政府或宗教领袖身上表现得尤为明显，他们利用恐惧和无知使自己掌权，或让大部分人口处于自己的控制之下。例如，马拉拉在她的回忆录中多次指出，“教育的缺乏是巴基斯坦所有问题的根源”，“无知让政客们愚弄人民，让糟糕的管理者再次当选”(优萨福扎伊41)。政府做出承诺，操纵人民，使人民相信腐败的政府是适合掌权的。然而，在选举之后，所有的承诺都被遗忘了，在另一场选举开始之前，这个国家遭受了数年的痛苦，同样的事情再次发生。更糟糕的是利用一场破坏了一个国家的自然灾害来宣扬极端的宗教信仰。这在马拉拉的回忆录中被多次描述——在巴基斯坦发生地震后，宗教领袖称毛拉宣讲“地震是上帝的警告”。他们说这是由女性的自由和猥亵引起的。如果我们没有修补方法和引入伊斯兰教教法或伊斯兰lawa€¦更严重的惩罚会”(Yousafzai 107)。误读《古兰经》的经文，利用那些不懂阿拉伯语的人的无知，对他们有利，因为恐惧使他们特别容易被操纵。可以看出，教育的缺乏会产生严重的负面影响，如果妇女接受教育，这是很容易避免的。教育有很多好处，但知识的缺乏使人们忽视了这样一个事实:知识就是力量，它是反对大规模操纵和剥削的最强大的武器之一。
The negative effects that uneducated women have on their society include both personal and social factors. For starters, many women that are uneducated are more susceptible to early marriages usually against their will (in some cases girls as young as eight or ten). This results in millions of illiterate young girls without the appropriate tools to build healthy, educated families. The Voices of Youth organization stated that "for every year a girl stays in school past fifth grade, her marriage is delayed a year" (Madu). Similarly, Malala emphasizes this point when she states that "â€¦[parents] are just waiting for their daughters to be married off while the sons went to school" (Yousafzai 29). This in turn, leads to most girls giving birth at an extremely young age, resulting in a higher mortality rate among young girls during child birth or simply because the child is unhealthy. Studies have shown that an extra year of schooling for girls also reduces fertility rates by 17% (Joshi). Secondly, uneducated women also have a lot of difficulty communicating and expressing themselves at home or in public. Doing simple tasks like reading signs or paying at the grocery store proves to be quite difficult for many young women as they have not had the opportunity to learn how to read. Malala relates a story of a young girl she saw selling oranges. "She was scratching marks on a piece of paper with a pencil to account for the oranges she sold," as she could not read or write (Yousafzai 217). Lastly, the lack of educated people in developing countries is what allows educated people to exploit their ignorance. This is especially true of the government or religious leaders that use fear and ignorance to bring themselves to power or to have a huge portion of the population under their control. For example, several times throughout her memoir, Malala states that "the lack of education is the root of all of Pakistan's problems," and that "ignorance allowed politicians to fool people and bad administrators to be re-elected" (Yousafzai 41). The government makes promises and manipulates people to the point where people are convinced that the corrupt authorities are fit to be in power. After elections, however, all the promises that are made are forgotten and the nation suffers for years before another election takes place and the same thing happens all over again. What is worse is using a natural disaster that devastated a nation to preach religious extremes. This is portrayed several times throughout Malala's memoir- after an earthquake struck Pakistan, religious leaders called Mullahs preached "the earthquake was a warning from God. They said it was caused by women's freedom and obscenity. If we did not mend our ways and introduce Sharia or Islamic lawâ€¦ more severe punishments would come" (Yousafzai 107). Preaching misinterpreted verses from the Quran and exploiting the ignorance of people who did not understand Arabic worked well to their advantage as fear made it particularly easy to manipulate them. As can be seen, the lack of education has severe negative impacts which can easily be prevented if women are educated. Education has so many benefits, but lack thereof blinds people to the fact that knowledge is power and it is one of the most powerful weapons against mass manipulation and exploitation.