Malala Yousafzai's Mom Is Learning to Read and Write

Since being shot by the Taliban for her dogged insistence on attending school (and talking up its importance), Malala Yousafzai has become one of the world's best-known campaigners for women's literacy. Seems she's got influence at home, too: Her mom has recently learned to read, write and speak some English. » 8/20/14 5:00pm 8/20/14 5:00pm

Malala Yousafzai Brings Literacy to Women via Mobile Phones

Malala Yousafzai is making good on her plans to change the world, in this case, one phone at a time. The 16-year-old is teaming up with the international phone company Vodafone to provide “mobile-based literacy learning” to 569 million women and girls around the world who can’t read or write. » 3/03/14 11:50am 3/03/14 11:50am

Malala Yousafzai and the Nobel Peace Prize She Didn't Win

Malala Yousafzai did not win the Nobel Peace Prize this week. That honor went to "the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) for its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons," a group whose work the nominating committee found particularly relevant given the recent human rights… » 10/11/13 10:25am 10/11/13 10:25am

Jon Stewart to Malala Yousafzai: Can I Adopt You?

We do a lot of raving about Jon Stewart and The Daily Show around these parts and for the most part the praise is well deserved. Stewart is one of the great wits of our time and his show has provided catharsis and laughter through many challenging times. Still — and I think he'd agree with me here — his greatness is… » 10/09/13 6:05pm 10/09/13 6:05pm

Taliban Says It Would Definitely Try to Kill Malala Yousafzai Again

Taliban leaders claim that they didn't actually shoot Malala Yousafzai in the head because of her determination to get an education—they did it because she was making "a jokes" out of Islam. (I don't really get the point of that distinction, nor does it seem particularly sincere, but okey dokey.) And, they say, they'd… » 10/07/13 10:00am 10/07/13 10:00am

Taliban Letter to Malala Reads Like It Was Written By Cartoon Bad Guys

Despite Malala Yousafzai's awe-inspiring speech at the United Nations on July 12, officially dubbed "Malala Day," the Taliban's retaliation to the overwhelming support Malala has received from around the world has been deadly. A month before Malala Day, militants attacked a bus carrying female students, 12 of whom… » 7/18/13 5:30pm 7/18/13 5:30pm