Malala Yousafzay, 17, is the youngest person to ever win the Nobel Peace Prize. The decision was announced this morning by the Nobel Prize Committee.
At age 11, Malala was shot in the face by a gunman in Pakistan for her outspoken views promoting education for girls, which were detailed in a blog for BBC that detailed her life in Pakistan under Taliban occupation.
Upon her recovery, Malala's fight for equal education only got stronger. She has taken her campaign to the world stage, most notably with a speech last year at the United Nations, which can be viewed below.
She has shown by example that young people can improve their own circumstances, no matter how dire. She shares her prize with Kailash Satyarthi, 60, a children's rights activist from India who has saved 80,000 children from slavery. Satyarthi has headed non-violent protests and demonstrations, focusing on the grave exploitation of children for financial gain and has also contributed to the development of crucial international conventions on children's rights.
Congratulations, Malala and Kailash.
You are an inspiration to all of us trying to better our own lives and those of others.