Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani activist and youngest Nobel Prize winner
Malala Yousafzai (born July 12, 1997) is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate. As a young girl, Malala spoke out publicly against the Taliban’s prohibition on the education of girls and demanded that girls be allowed to receive an education. She gained global attention when she survived an assassination attempt at age 15 in 2012. On July 12 2013, Malala, engaged in the promotion of women’s education, delivered an impassioned speech on the need for gender equality in education at the United Nations (UN) headquarters. The address saw several rounds of standing ovations and the day, July 12, which is also her birthday, was declared by the UN as Malala Day and Malala promises to dedicate this day each year to shining a spotlight on the world’s most vulnerable girls. In 2014, she became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Currently enrolled at the University of Oxford, Malala is studying philosophy, politics and economics at Lady Margaret Hall. She balances her school work and social life with leading the fight for girls’ education around the world — but she is not fighting alone!