― Malala Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzai (1997) is a Pakistani activist for female and child education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate. As a young girl, Malala Yousafzai defied the Taliban in Pakistan and demanded that girls be allowed to receive an education. She was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in 2012, but survived and went on to become an important international voice for human rights.
Now living in asylum in the UK, she raises awareness and funds for education rights for women and children internationally through the Malala Fund.
In one of my favorite TED Talks, her father talks about his brave daughter with pride, but one can also see that she got much of her confidence from him, a teacher who encouraged her personality and mind from an early age because— unlike many in his culture—he believed that girls should have the same educational rights as men.