Lydia and I saw Malala, her father Ziauddin, and the head of the Malala Fund, Shiza Shahid, at the Mashable Social Good Summit last September. She wasn’t originally on the list, probably to keep a low profile, but once we found out she was coming the second day we nearly had a collective heart attack.
She. Was. Amazing. Lydia and I took seats in the front of the theater, and we were prepared to fight for our spots. When I realized, as she was speaking, that I was really in the same room as Malala, I couldn’t believe it. If you want to read more about our experience at Social Good, I wrote about it for The College Tourist. Tears were definitely shed.
I read Malala’s biography over the summer, where she details how her father became involved with education, how she started blogging for the BBC when she was nine, and how she became a target of the Pakistani Taliban. It’s both inspiring and humbling to see what people around the world go through every day. We often forget this, living in such a privileged country, but even in America people struggle to get an education every day.
Sure, there are lots of arguments for why Malala shouldn’t have won the prize- she was nominated last year and did not win. But I’m all for it. She has been fighing