Update, 10/11/17: On October 9, the five year anniversary of Malala's shooting, she attended her first college class at Oxford. She commemorated the event with a photo of her laptop and her books on logic, with the caption, "5 years ago, I was shot in an attempt to stop me from speaking out for girls' education. Today, I attend my first lectures at Oxford." It's been liked over 1 million times.
Malala Yousafzai has been through hell and back, but she’s a fighter through and through. Despite all the work she does for girls all around the world, she’s still a normal 20-year-old, and recently faced a decision that everyone has had to make at one point in their lives: where to go to college. Thankfully for Malala, it wasn’t very difficult.
The Pakistani activist told Refinery29 in May that her top choice was Oxford, and to no one’s surprise, she got in! She made the announcement on Twitter Thursday morning, saying, “So excited to go to Oxford!! Well done to all A-level students- the hardest year. Best wishes for life ahead!”
Looks like the youngest person to ever receive the Nobel Peace Prize is going to study Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the UK’s most elite university! She had also been considering Stanford, and the sunny San Francisco weather might’ve swayed her, but she opted for Oxford because it’s closer to her family’s home in Birmingham. Oxford had already extended a conditional offer to Malala, but, like every other applicant, she had to pass her final exams.
Malala has long admired former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, and hopes to one day follow in her footsteps as prime minister of Pakistan. In October 2016, at the Investing in the Future Conference in Sharjah, UAE, Malala gave a speech and said that seeing women role models was what broadened her vision in the first place.
“I saw Benazir Bhutto as a woman leader [who was] twice the prime minister of Pakistan,” she said. “I heard about women athletes, women astronauts, women artists, women entrepreneurs… It allowed me to recognise the potential that I had, and that I can have as a woman, to achieve anything in my life. And my dream changed from becoming a doctor to becoming the prime minister of Pakistan, [for] fixing all the issues in bringing education [to all].”
It's Malala's last day of school! She says, "I promise to keep fighting until the day that every girl can put on her uniform, pack up her books and walk to school without fear." [Link in bio]
Malala grew up in Swat Valley, Pakistan, and was always vocal about education and the importance of girls going to school. So much so, that when the Taliban took over Swat and banned girls from going to school, Malala started blogging for the BBC under a pen name about the unfair conditions they were living under.
The Pakistani army tried to force the Taliban out of Swat in 2009, forcing residents to flee to other parts of the country. Throughout all the violence, Malala never stopped speaking out against the Taliban and campaigning for girls to go to school. In 2011, she won Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize.
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In 2012, a gunman boarded her school bus and shot her in the head, neck, and shoulder. She survived, was treated, recovered, and rejoined her family in Birmingham, U.K. Five months later, she was back in school and fighting harder than ever for girl’s education all over the world. She met with President Obama, many heads of state, and set up the Malala Fund, an organization to give girls access to education.
In 2014, she became the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize. She’s traveled the world meeting girls, hearing about their struggle to get an education, and all along, she’s never stopped fighting for their rights.
Her acceptance into Oxford is a no-brainer, and we’re excited to see her succeed every step of the way. A resounding YAAAAS GIRL is in order.
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