The teenager who was shot in a school bus by the Taliban for encouraging girls to go to school in Swat. After the assassination attempt, Malala was flown to England, where she recovered and then continued her schooling. She has received high-profile support for her campaign to ensure that all children worldwide be schooled. In 2013, Yousafzai spoke at the UN, became the recipient of the prestigious Sakharov Prize and was nominated for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize. In 2014, at the age of 17 she became the youngest ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (she was a co-recipient). She has been granted audiences with royalty and world leaders, and this along with her high-profile international exposure has led some in her native Pakistan to question whether she has overreached.
Birth: 16 July 1997 (Age: 20)
Source of Influence: Social Issues
Status: Featured in current year