This year, Malala Yousafzai was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for her work and advocacy in the fight for women’s education around the world, especially in Middle Eastern countries. Sadly, she was not awarded the peace prize. Though on October 11, 2013 a full two months early, Glamour Magazine announced that Malala was their 2013 Women of the Year.
This is fantastic news, not simply because Malala is worthy of the Women of the Year title, but because this Glamour award comes with a large cash prize, money that will be put straight into Malala’s charity, The Malala Fund.
Malala was more than a worthy candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize and her not getting it was a major disappointment for many, though given the history of winners of this award it was obvious to many she is worthy of much higher awards.
Malala, who was shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012 for being an outspoken advocate for girl’s education has become a central voice around the world for her bravery and her unstoppable passion to make sure the rights to an education are granted to women around the world.
Before the Taliban had come for Malala, she had discovered the Taliban had been looking for her, when asked how that confrontation would be received, she only said:
I think of it often and imagine the scene clearly. Even if they come to kill me, I will tell them what they are trying to do is wrong, that education is our basic right.