If you read this blog with any regularity, you may have noticed that we really loveÂ Malala Yousafzai. She is the Pakistani teenager and activist who was shot by the Taliban in 2012 for going to school and getting an education. Since then, she has doubled down her efforts to bring education and human rights to women and girls all over the world.
We also love Gabrielle Giffords, the former member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona. In 2011, Gabby was, like Malala, wounded by senseless gun violence, and has worked tirelessly since then to influence gun reform in the United States through her organization Americans for Responsible Solutions.
So when we saw that Gabby recently wroteÂ aboutÂ Malala for TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People list – well, let’s just say it made our day. Here are a few choice words from Giffords’ profile:
“In the face of oppression and bitter injustice, she demands education and opportunity. In the face of violence from the hands of cowards, she refuses to back down. Malala is a testament that women everywhere will not be intimidated into silence. We will make our voices heard.”