Malala Yousafzai: TIME’s Runner Up


While we reported on TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year (President Obama), what we haven’t mentioned yet is their runner up and a young lady we’ve been reporting on for quite some time: Malala Yousafzai.

Malala still remains in recovery in England after being attacked by Taliban gunmen in the Swat Valley of Pakistan. She’s been on the Taliban’s hit list for quite some time after blogging about their brutal occupation of her home town. A New York Times documentary took at look at her life as the Pakistani military recaptured the territory.

TIME has also given us a great timeline of her life so far.

She and her father have been outspoken proponents for educating young girls in Pakistan, a thought that the Taliban felt reprehensible, and attempted to paint her as a Western shill who was very much fair game for attack.

She had received the National Youth Peace Prize, the first of its kind in Pakistan. It’s since been renamed the National Malala Peace Prize in honor of her. The UN Secretary-General declared November 10th Malala Day, which is set to promote education for children across the world.

After being shot in the head at near point-blank range, she was rushed to the best hospital in Pakistan, but doctors across the world understood that she couldn’t stay there — the hospital couldn’t give her what she needed and security would always be a challenging proposition. They then moved her to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, where she’s been in rehab ever since.

Now, the Pakistani consulate has offered her father a job at their Birmingham station, which would keep him, Malala and the rest of their family in England, as their tourist visas are set to expire in March of 2013.

While the Yousafzais have noted that they would like to go home and continue their struggle against the Taliban, the Pakistani government may have convinced them that they could do more good outside of the country than back where the Taliban can more easily finish the job they started.

Question: Should Malala have won?


  • Sasha Brzezinski

    I believe Miss Yousafzai should definitely have won. She represents the better half of human nature. She represents our future. What better way is there to inspire the younger generation that to show them how we appreciate those who take action for the right reasons?

  • Shane Haffner

    I personally vote for Victoria Soto. Her last acts in this world were to protect those around her in lieu of her own safety. She possibly saved the lives of quite a few children before she herself was gun downed. Selfless sacrifice in the name of love. She is a hero.

  • Heather Vchanny Eldridge

    I hope she and her father continue their fight. She is such a brave young woman.

  • Corey Hunter Weil

    Its all an opinion. Anyone who landed on this list is a winner.