8 Times Malala Had The Wisdom Of Someone Twice Her Age

8 Times Malala Had The Wisdom Of Someone Twice Her Age

If you haven't seen He Named Me Malala yet, what are you waiting for?! Here are the eight times the 18-year-old was wise beyond her years.

Malala Yousafzai's documentary He Named Me Malala paints a more personal picture of the extraordinary teenager who became an international spokesperson for education and women's rights after she survived being shot by a Taliban member in the Pakistani district of Swat. It goes without saying that Malala is a inspirational teen, but if you needed a refresher, here are 8 other times Malala has showed the wisdom of someone twice her age. 

When she summed up the burqa debate in a single sentence 

"I believe it's a woman's right to decide what she wants to wear and if a woman can go to the beach and wear nothing, then why can't she also wear everything?"

When Jon Stewart interviewed her for The Daily Show and she left him speechless with this sentence

"If he [the Talib] comes, what would you do Malala? …If you hit a Talib with your shoe, then there will be no difference between you and the Talib. You must not treat others…with cruelty...you must fight others but through peace, through dialogue and through education…then I'll tell him [the Talib] how important education is and that I even want education for your children as well… that's what I want to tell you, now do what you want."

When she gave 'the pen is mightier than the sword' a 21st Century twist 

"Let us pick up our books and our pens. They are our most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world." 

When even her henna was wise 

"We liked to be known as the clever girls. When we decorated our hands with henna for holidays and weddings, we drew calculus and chemical formulae instead of flowers and butterflies." 

When she asked not to be thought of as a victim

"I don't want to be thought of as the 'girl who was shot by the Taliban' but the 'girl who fought for education.' This is the cause to which I want to devote my life." 

When she pointed out the simple logic of women's rights 

"We cannot succeed when half of us are held back. We call upon our sisters around the world to be brave, to embrace the strength within themselves and realise their full potential." 

When she championed the strength 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.'

When she made things bigger than herself

"I speak not for myself but for those without voice... 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."

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