born 1997

At 11, Malala Yousafzai kept a diary that gave the world an inside glimpse of a girl's experience in war-torn Pakistan. Taking a risk to make her voice heard, her advocacy for women's rights and universal education got the attention of both political allies + opponents. After winning her home country's National Youth Peace Prize, the Taliban tried to silence the 15-year-old by shooting her on the way home from school.

She survived. And now speaks out more loudly than ever on behalf of everyone denied education and self-determination. At 17, she has become the brave face of people fighting oppression around the globe ~ and, the youngest ever Nobel laureate.

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her quotes

all quotes by Malala Yousafzai (18)

"This is our request to all the world: Save our schools. Save our world. Save our Pakistan. Save our Swat."

The New Suffragettes: Taking on the Taliban | january 2009

"One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world."

Malala Day speech | july 2013

"When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful."

The Harvard Foundation's Humanitarian Award | september 2013

"Let us make our dreams tomorrow's reality."

The Harvard Foundation's Humanitarian Award | september 2013

"I believe it's a woman's right to decide what she wants to wear and if a woman can go to the beach and wear nothing, then why can't she also wear everything?"

Malala Yousafzai: 'It's hard to kill. Maybe that's why his hand was shaking' | october 2013

"It would be better to plead, 'OK, shoot me, but first listen to me. What you are doing is wrong. I'm not against you personally, I just want every girl to go to school.'"

I Am Malala | october 2013

"[A]s I watched my brothers running across the roof, flying their kites and skillfully flicking the strings back and forth to cut each other's down, I wondered how free a daughter could ever be."

I Am Malala | october 2013

"You must fight others but through peace, through dialogue and through education."

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart | october 2013

"Women are discriminated not because they are weak but because women are powerful."

WOW Opening Speech | march 2014

"I'm stronger than fear, I'm stronger than violence, I'm stronger than terrorism. I'm stronger than every kind of thing that stops me from getting an education."

#strongerthan | july 2014

"We make culture, and we have the right to change it."

The Girl Summit | july 2014

"I want to tell children all around the world that they should stand up for their rights; they shouldn’t wait for someone else."

Nobel Peace Prize | october 2014

"The so-called world of adults may understand it, but we children don't. Why is it that countries which we call 'strong' are so powerful in creating wars but so weak in bringing peace?"

Nobel Peace Prize lecture | december 2014

"Why is it that giving guns is so easy but giving books is so hard?"

Nobel Peace Prize lecture | december 2014

"I, along with millions of others around the world, mourn these children, my brothers and sisters—but we will never be defeated."

in response to the Peshawar school attack | december 2014

"For many of my sisters, a full course of education is a distant dream . . . We need to lift up the girls who are missing out the most."

All Girls Deserve Education Beyond Primary | march 2015

"How can world leaders tell the world’s children that they can only hope for nine years of education, while their own children can expect at least 12 years of education in the best schools? The standards they set for their own children should be the same for their citizens and the rest of the world’s youth."

All Girls Deserve Education Beyond Primary | march 2015

"Books, not bullets, will pave the path toward peace and prosperity."

Malala Marks 18th Birthday in Solidarity with Syrian Refugee Girls | july 2015
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curated with care by Alicia Williamson + Katherine Lupo {october 2014}