MALALA YOUSAFZAI was only 11 when she started writing an anonymous blog for the BBC describing what life was like under the Taliban after it took over Pakistan's Swat Valley, where she lived.
The Taliban was busily blowing up girls' schools. It banned girls' education, television, music, even women going shopping. The severed heads of murdered police officers were hung in town squares.
Malala's descriptions of this horror were broadcast to the world. Eventually, her identity was revealed and she went on to become an international spokeswoman for education and human dignity.
The Taliban tried to kill her, and still wants to kill her. Awards and honors have poured down on her; she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, made the cover of Time, spoke before the United Nations, and met with Queen Elizabeth II and President Obama and his family.