Education activist Malala Yousafzai totally brings it on "The Daily Show"

"Why should I wait for someone else? Why should I look to the government or army to help us?," says Yousafzai

Published October 9, 2013 1:38PM (EDT)

  (The Daily Show)
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A year ago today, a Taliban gunman boarded education activist Malala Yousafzai's school bus and shot her in the head at point-blank range. Malala survived the attempt on her life and now, at 16 years old, has redoubled her efforts as an advocate for girl's education and is currently a popular favorite for the Nobel Peace Prize.

She released her memoir, "I Am Malala," on Tuesday to mark the anniversary of the shooting, and stopped by "The Daily Show" that night to speak with Jon Stewart about her life and work so far.

When asked why she became an activist -- why she was willing to risk her life and safety to advocate for girl's education and why she continues to do so -- she said, "Why should I wait for someone else? Why should I be looking to the government or the army, that they would help us? Why don't I raise my voice? Why don't we speak up for our rights? The girls of [Pakistan's Swat Valley] spoke up for our rights."

It's fierce. She's fierce. Watch it here:

By Katie McDonough

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at

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