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Malala Yousafzai Celebrates Her Birthday in the Best Way Possible

The Nobel Peace Prize Winner decided it was more important to give, than get, a gift this year.

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Most teenagers celebrate their birthdays in the same way: by getting drunk, eating gross food, and complaining. But Malala Yousafzai, the world’s youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner, decided to throw a slightly different kind of party. This Sunday, Malala celebrated her 18th birthday by opening a brand new school for Syrian girl refugees desperate for an education.

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The Feminist Life: Malala Won’t Use the F-Word

A new column exploring women’s rights, promoting gender equality, and confronting sexism

On October 9, 2012, I had just returned to my New York City apartment in between classes at Columbia Business School when I saw the headlines: “Taliban Gun Down Girl Who Spoke Up for Rights.” Enraged and hopeless, I felt that the world had imploded and the promise of a better future—of equality between men and women everywhere—was dimmer than ever.

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Congratulations to the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Winners

Child rights advocates Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi are recognized for their work in education and child labor reform.

On Friday, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Malala Yousafzai, a young woman from Pakistan who has risked her life to speak up for equal education opportunities for girls. At 17, Yousafzai is the youngest recipient of the prize ever, and the first from Pakistan. Kailash Satyarthi, of India, has dedicated his life to combating child exploitation, for which he also won this year’s prize. His peaceful protests have drawn attention to child slavery as well as harsh child labor conditions. According to the BBC, the pair of winners already plan to work together to promote the right of education for every child, and to strengthen cultural relations between their two countries, long political foes.

We congratulate these inspirational individuals by sharing some of their wisdom and beliefs.

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