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Malala Yousafzai          

Youngest-Ever Nobel Prize Winner; Advocate for Girls' Education & Women's Equality; Author of the International Bestseller "I Am Malala"

Malala Yousafzai was enrolled in her father’s school at the age of 4. Truly her father’s daughter, while other children fantasized about playing with toys, Yousafzai fantasized about giving lectures. Her brother jokingly shares that Yousafzai is “addicted to books.” But it was in the hallways of her father’s school that Yousafzai found her voice and her vision. Her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, is a Pakistani educator, activist, and humanitarian who established a thriving school in their rural home in Swat Valley, which aimed to provide educational opportunities for all children. Ziauddin’s dedication to education and peaceful resistance against the Taliban made the world take notice.

Inspired by her father’s activism, Yousafzai began her campaign for girls’ education at age 11 with her anonymous blog for the BBC, Diary of a Pakistani Schoolgirl, about life under the Taliban. Yousafzai soon began advocating publicly for girls’ education. She would join her father on his visits to neighboring villages to recruit for the school. While he spoke to the men, she would speak to the women. Their crusade was the subject of a New York Times short documentary in 2009. Independently, Yousafzai began attracting international media attention and awards. Due to her increased prominence, at age 15, she was attacked by the Taliban for speaking out. Yousafzai recovered in the United Kingdom and has continued her fight for girls ever since. In 2013, she founded Malala Fund with her father. A year later, Yousafzai received the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her efforts to see every girl complete 12 years of free, safe, quality education. Since then, the UN has recognized July 12 as Malala Day in honor of young activists. She recently completed her undergraduate degree at Oxford University, with a focus on philosophy, politics, and economics.

Yousafzai is the author of three books, "I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban," "Malala’s Magic Pencil," and "We Are Displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World."

In 2021, Yousafzai started a partnership with Apple to create programming for Apple TV+, spanning “dramas, comedies, documentaries, animation, and children’s series, and draw on her ability to inspire people around the world.” In 2024, Yousafzai joined the Broadway production "Suffs," a musical about women's suffrage, as a producer alongside Hillary Clinton.

Yousafzai used to be known as her father’s daughter, but now Ziauddin is known as his daughter’s father – and he is proud to have it that way.


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