On Wednesday night, Malala Yousafzai spoke with Ellen DeGeneres about her mission to ensure that every girl around the world receives an education, without the threat of backlash from society. Yousafzai began writing a blog under a pseudonym for BBC in 2009, where she documented what life was like living under the Taliban rule. When prominent activists and journalists began to notice Yousafzai, the Taliban felt it was time to silence her voice, and they shot her in the head on her way home from school one afternoon.
Yousafzai did not let this attack stop her from speaking out. In her interview, Yousafzai says, “My weakness, my fear, and my hopelessness died on that day. I became stronger than before.” The outpouring of love that Yousafzai has received from people around the world has helped her find the strength to continue her campaign to fight for everyone’s right to receive an education, especially girls. She thanks her father for always allowing her to follow her dreams and to rise above the adversities she faced as a girl in society.
“It’s not that girls don’t have the skill or don’t have the talent to do something in their life, it’s that they are stopped in society.”
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