Malala Yousafzai

The girl who stood up for education

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Early Life

  • Malala was born on July 12, 1997, in Mingora, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to Ziauddin, an educator, who opened a girls' school, and Toorpekai, a homemaker.
  • Malala would often stay up late to discuss science, history, and much more with her father.
  • From the education she had received, she started to dream of becoming a doctor.
  • After the Islamic terrorist group, the Taliban, began their operations in Swat Valley, all the girls couldn't get their education and Malala's dream was ruined, because the Taliban believe in a Sharia law that bans education to females.

Getting Involved


  • Due to Taliban presence, Malala, who spoke perfect English began writing a blog for BBC Urdu under the name Gul Makai in 2009. She stated her fears and her frustrations with the ban on girls' education. Meanwhile, her father refused to close the girls' school and kept it running long after the order to close it was given.
  • When her and her family fled to Abbottabad several months later, the Pakisatani army began to route the militants to to other areas. However, the extremists began to return to her valley home. During this time, Malala stopped hiding behind her fake name and began speaking publicly and going on television.

Choices and results

  • On October 9, 2012, Malala and her schoolmates were on the way home when members of the Taliban stopped her school van and demanded to know who Malala was. She was shot in the head and neck. Two of her classmates were also wounded.
  • The Taliban took responsibility for the shooting and promised to kill Malala if she survived. But Malala pulled through and so did all of Pakistan. Parents began protesting to their daughters rights to an education and young girls would carry pictures of young Malala and declare "I am Malala".
  • Three weeks after the shooting Malala began asking for her schoolbooks.

in her words

  • I don't want to be remembered as the girl who was shot. I want to be remembered as the girl who stood up.
  • All I want is an education, and I am afraid of no one.
  • If you hit a Talib with your shoe, then there would be no difference between you and the Talib. You must not treat others with cruelty and that much harshly, you must fight others but through peace and through dialogue and through education.
  • I say I am stronger than fear.
  • Some parents do not send their children to school because they don't know its importance at all.

aftermath

  • After being sent to England for better care, Malala and her family were offered a multi-year position as an educational attaché with a Pakistani consulate in Great Britain to help keep the family safe, and from that Malala had gotten the education she needed.
  • But her brave and courageous acts had not ended yet because Malala wanted all the girls in the world to have the education they need, so she started a fund especially directed to girls in southern Pakistan, where Malala got shot.
  • For all of the amazing things she had done for girls, not only in Southern Pakistan, but in the whole world, she had gotten great rewards and achievements like winning "Person of the Year" in TIME Magazine, the Simone de Beauvoir Prize in France, and best of all the Nobel Peace Prize.

words for her

  • "Malala Yousafzai is one of the most iconic women of our time," said Dr. Carol Gomez Summerhays
  • "Malala is right!" Minister Muller said.
  • Ms Watson's speech to the UN last year prompted a U-turn. She said, 'I decided there's nothing wrong by calling yourself a feminist. So I'm a feminist.'
  • "Malala is an inspiration to millions," said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake.
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legacy

  • By being the brave and confident girl she is, the world, especially the women of the world, had spoken, they said their true feelings and set aside the fake ones they use for protection.
  • From her acts, more specifically fighting for girls' education, more girls believe education is a necessity not a waste of time, and girls, especially in southern Pakistan, are getting better education.

annotated bibliography

  1. "Malala Yousafzai." Gale Biography in Context. Detroit: Gale, 2011. Biography in Context. Web. 6 May 2016.

A picture of Malala, 12, on March 26, 2009. I thought it was a great way to introduce this flyer, showing a picture of her taken about the same time the he name was revealed in the blog.

2. "Malala Yousafzai." Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale, 2015. Biography in Context. Web. 6 May 2016.

A biography of Malala, stating her early life and all that has happened to her.

3. "Malala Yousafzai." Newsmakers. Vol. 3. Detroit: Gale, 2013. Biography in Context. Web. 6 May 2016.

Another biography stating her early life and all that has happened to her.

4. "Malala Yousafzai." Newsmakers. Vol. 3. Detroit: Gale, 2013. Biography in Context. Web. 8 May 2016.

A third biography of Malala's early life and all that had happened to her.

5. http://www.brainyquote.com/search_results?q=malala%20yousafzai

Website that states all the quotes said by Malala.

6. "SYRIAN DONOR CONFERENCE SCHOOLING FOR ALL REFUGEE CHILDREN - MINISTER MULLER MEETS MALALA." States News Service 5 Feb. 2016. Biography in Context. Web. 9 May 2016.

A news article on the gale database. It states news about her and I took the quote that was spoken about her.

7. "MALALA YOUSAFZAI TO SPEAK AT ADA 2016 -- AMERICA'S DENTAL MEETING." States News Service 22 Feb. 2016. Biography in Context. Web. 9 May 2016.

A news article on the gale database that has her interview at the ADA written. A quote was taken by me about Malala.

8. "Emma inspired Malala U-turn; world news." Daily Mail [London, England] 6 Nov. 2015: 17. Biography in Context. Web. 9 May 2016.

A news article on the gale database that states how Emma Watson was inspired by her. A quote said by Emma Watson was taken by me.

9. "Malala Yousafzai." Gale Biography in Context. Detroit: Gale, 2011. Biography in Context. Web. 8 May 2016.

A picture of Malala was taken as she was saying a speech at the UK We Day event. I used that photo to show a portrait of Malala as she gives speeches.

10. "MALALA DAY INSPIRES YOUTH AROUND THE WORLD TO DEMAND THEIR RIGHT TO EDUCATION." States News Service 11 July 2013. Biography in Context. Web. 9 May 2016.

A news article written about her stating how much she inspired people. I took a quote that states how much she inspired people.