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Malala Yousafzai: "Living Leaders/Living Legacy"

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Marti Rose Shanker

on 21 May 2015

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Born on July 12, 1997, Malala Yousafzai grew up in the Swat Valley district in Mingora, Pakistan. Her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, was an educational advocate who founded the public school Malala attended. At 11 years old, she began her campaign to help empower girls who were denied their right to have an education. In 2009, Malala continued her advocacy by writing an anonymous blog for the BBC describing her life and education under the militant Taliban rule. Her persistent and steadfast determination for her cause was honored by being awarded Pakistan’s National Youth Peace Prize. As she gained popularity and publicity for her activism, her obscured blogger identity was exposed, and as a result the Taliban implemented a death threat to Malala. Then, on October 9, 2012, a Taliban gunman shot Malala on the bus as she was traveling home from school. Following the attack, the educational advocate was found to be in critical condition and was transported to a hospital in Birmingham for further specialized treatment. Despite the horrific injuries that the Taliban inflicted upon her, she continued to serve as a spokeswoman defending and stressing the importance of education for all children.

Malala Yousafzai: "Living Leaders/Living Legacy"

Even to this day, Malala sacrifices her own safety to continue her "heroic struggle", supporting a girl's right to equal educational opportunities. She has become a global icon of girls' education through her boundless courage and bravery. As a result of generating a widespread fan database, Yousafzai created Malala Fund to demand changes in the educational system around the world. In 2013, she promoted her activism by giving a speech at the United Nations and written an autobiography, I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban. In 2014, she was named the youngest recipient to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Leadership Qualities
Overall, Malala has proven to be such an inspiration to many young women and activists from around the globe. I applaud her for having a tremendous amount of courage to defend herself to the Taliban about the importance of education. I also admire Malala for encouraging women to fight for their basic educational rights in society. She has never gave up on her fight to continuing advocacy work even after the horrific and tragic injuries that were inflicted upon her by the Taliban. She reminds people what they need to do to make this world a better place to live in. She is a strong, smart, confident, and outstanding individual.
Marti Rose Shanker BOLT #7
I have chosen Malala as my leader for this project because I feel that she is a very influential person, who has significantly reformed educational opportunities for children from around the world. In addition, I also feel that I can relate to her easily; we are both seventeen year old feminists who have cochlear implants.
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