3. "They shot her at point-blank range in the head — and made her stronger." — Angelina Jolie, referring to Malala Yousafzai, a young Pakistani activist
Malala Yousafzai, 15, was shot in the head by the Taliban last year because of her insistence on her right to an education — and for the same rights for all the girls of Pakistan. Yousafzai once said, "I don't mind if I have to sit on the floor at school. All I want is an education, and I'm afraid of no one." A soft-spoken Jolie honored the teenager ("She is powerful but she is also a sweet, creative, loving little girl who wants to help others, to work for others. She doesn't want to be the center of attention. Her goal is progress not notoriety"), and she personally donated $200,000 to the Malala Fund, which promotes the education of girls in Pakistan.
4. "We need to make equal pay and equal opportunity for women and girls a reality, so women's rights are human rights once and for all." — Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton opened the second day of the Women In The World conference with a powerful speech reminding us that women's rights are still human rights —and talked about Malala Yousafzai's role in the battle for women's rights. Malala was a threat to the Taliban who shot her, said Clinton. "But fighting to give women and girls a fighting chance isn't a nice thing to-do. It isn’t some luxury that we get to when we have time on our hands to spend," she said. "This is a core imperative for every human being in every society. If we do not continue the campaign for women’s rights and opportunities, the world we want to live, the country we all love and cherish, will not be what it should be." Keep Reading ...