Women’s History Month Spotlight: Malala Yousafzai


Rewan Farag 

March 26, 2021

In honor of Women’s History Month, Glasgow students celebrate women who have impacted the world in which we live. Spotlight #7 is Malala Yousafzai. 

Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist that suffered from a tragic event and ended up becoming stronger than before from it. On October 9, 2012, Malala was seated on a bus returning home from school when she was approached and shot by the Taliban, an extremist terrorist group. They shot her because she was advocating for female education. Miraculously, she survived but was rushed to the hospital. She used this as an experience to fight about what she cares about even more.

Malala mostly advocates for female education and is the youngest Nobel Prize laureate. She received many other awards such as the Philadelphia Liberty Medal and the Shorty Award for Teen Hero. She is also an author of many autobiographies. “We Are Displaced” is an autobiography written by Malala that shares both her story and stories of other refugee girls around the world.  Currently, she is still advocating and campaigning for female education and girls’ rights in Pakistan. 

Malala Yousafzai matters to Glasgow because many teens, especially girls, look up to her to gain motivation to fight for what they believe in. There are also many immigrants at Glasgow that came from the same or similar countries as Malala. Malala gives hope to many students at Glasgow and proves that even in your darkest times, you can still accomplish many things and come back stronger. Malala has been a part of many lessons that Glasgow students learn.

When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful” -Malala Yousafzai 

Need more information? Visit the links below! 

Malala Yousafzai: Biography 

Britannica: Malala Yousafzai 

Ellen Degeneres: Interview with Malala Yousafzai  

Malala Yousafzai – Story