Malala Yousafzai’s accomplishments include being the youngest Nobel prize laureate, serving as a Pakistani activist for female education, writing a diary about life under Taliban rule, and, most recently, being accepted to study at the prestigious University of Oxford.
In 2012, on her way home from school at the age of 14, Malala was shot in the head and neck by the Taliban. This was done in retribution for Malala’s activist blogging. She made a miraculous recovery and continued to share her opinion about the unacceptable conditions of women’s education in Pakistan.
After the tragic incident, Malala received support globally, and has since become an icon for women’s education. She has founded a nonprofit, the Malala Fund (founded in 2013, which champions every girl’s right to 12 years of free, safe, quality education), and has released a best-selling book about her life, titled I am Malala.
At age 20, Malala’s acceptance at Oxford has sparked national support. She broke the news with a tweet, “So excited to go to Oxford!! Well done to all A-level students – the hardest year. Best wishes for life ahead!” According to BBC News, Malala is seeking a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics.
Malala’s story and acceptance into Oxford shows girls everywhere that education is necessary. Quoting Malala’s website, “Secondary education for girls can transform communities, countries and our world. It is an investment in economic growth, a healthier workforce, lasting peace and the future of our planet.”
I look forward to seeing what else Malala is going to do to make the world better for our girls.