This video of how Malala Yousafzai changed the world is so inspiring

This video of how Malala Yousafzai changed the world is so inspiring
This video of how Malala Yousafzai changed the world is so inspiring

Back in October 2012, Malala Yousafzai spoke out publicly on behalf of girls and their right to learn, quickly becoming a target of the Taliban.

On her way home from school in Pakistan, a masked gunman boarded her school bus and asked, “Who is Malala?”, before shooting her in the head.

After months of surgeries and rehabilitation, Malala relocated to the UK and embarked on a mission: to empower women around the world. "It was then I knew I had a choice: I could live a quiet life or I could make the most of this new life I had been given. I determined to continue my fight until every girl could go to school," she said in a kickass quote following her recovery.

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With her father, she established Malala Fund, a charity dedicated to giving every girl an opportunity to achieve a future she chooses. In recognition of her work, she received the Nobel Peace Prize in December 2014 and became the youngest-ever Nobel laureate.

She is now studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Oxford and makes it her mission every day to fight to ensure all girls receive 12 years of free, safe, quality education.10 body positive Instagram stars to follow if you want to feel empowered

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She dedicates her time to travelling around the world to meet girls fighting poverty, wars, child marriage and gender discrimination to go to school.

In celebration of her 21st birthday, here are six of Malala's most empowering quotes. Prepare to feel majorly inspired...

1. On education

“Books are a better investment in our future than bullets. Books, not bullets, will pave the path towards peace and prosperity.”

2. On schools

“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 are so weak in bringing peace? Why is it that giving guns is so easy but giving books is so hard? Why is it that making tanks is so easy, but building schools is so hard?”

3. On using her voice for the better

"I raise up my voice—not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard. Those who have fought for their rights: Their right to live in peace. Their right to be treated with dignity. Their right to equality of opportunity. Their right to be educated.”

4. On guns

“I believe that a gun has no power at all because a gun can only kill, but a pen can give life. A pen can save life.”

5. On getting sh*** done

“Some people only ask others to do something… Why should I wait for someone else? Why don’t I take a step and move forward?”

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6. On the power of women

“When God created man and woman, he was thinking, ‘Who shall I give the power to, to give birth to the next human being?’ And God chose woman. And this is the big evidence that women are powerful.”

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