Our second phenomenal woman is Malala, an activist who stands out because she dedicated her life to the fight for education with a zeal that many women more than twice her age fail to display. Born in Pakistan and determined to go to school and gain an education as well as campaigning for education for girls she was an anomaly in a society where parents usually focused their educational aspirations on boys her parents supported and encouraged her to gain an education. A fervent challenger to the Taliban regime at an early age Malala was blogging for the BBC about life under the Taliban under a pen name. In 2012, Malala paid a high price for her beliefs when the Taliban targeted her and shot her while on the way to school intending for her to die. Luckily for us, she survived to continue her campaigning, relocated to the UK and was the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014. Malala is a beacon of hope for women and girls across the world and is an obvious choice for our Phenomenal women profiles.
As she says
“We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.”