Written on October 10, 2013 at 2:10 pm , by Jonna Gallo
So we’re less than 24 hours out from hearing who gets the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize. By numerous accounts, 16-year-old Pakistani education activist Malala Yousufzai—shot in the head by a Taliban gunman one year ago yesterday aboard her school bus—is a frontrunner. The miracle of her survival that terrible day and her slow but steady recovery over the ensuing months, cheered on the world over, provides as much inspiration now as it did then. And regardless of whether she wins tomorrow, Malala’s face should remind us all of the power of one purely determined individual who believes in herself and her cause. I just added her recent autobiography I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban to my short list and loved this clip from The Daily Show Tuesday night. If you missed it, by all means click—even the typically ascerbic Jon himself seemed humbled to be in the presence of such spirit. She’s 16 years old, people! Such poise, grace and heart. I read online that the Nobel committee received a record 259 nominations this year, and I’m sure every one of them did something amazing. I’m aware of the sentiment among some that at her age, she hasn’t yet “done enough.” Still, every fiber of my being is saying, “Go Malala go!” I hope she wins. We’ll all know tomorrow.