“Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year-old Pakistani women’s rights activist who survived a Taliban assassination attempt, can now add the National Constitution Center‘s Liberty Medal to her growing list of awards. Established by Congress to raise awareness and understanding of the U.S. Constitution, the National Constitution Center annually awards the Liberty Medal to those who “strive to secure the blessings of liberty to people around the globe.” Previous recipients include former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Muhammad Ali, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates and 23 other global leaders. National Constitution Center chair Jeb Bush explained why Yousafzai was the perfect choice for the award:”
Malala’s courageous fight for equality and liberty from tyranny is evidence that a passionate, committed leader, regardless of age, has the power to ignite a movement for reform. Her story is truly inspirational as we continue to fight for all children to have access to a quality education here in America. Let us all, young and old, strive to be like Malala—to challenge the status quo and to serve as catalysts for meaningful change.