Rights of Passage
is one impressive sixteen-year-old. First, she attends her school in Pakistan and campaigns for education, attracting the ire of the Taliban. Then, in October 2012 while she's leaving school, extremists shoot her in the head to silence her-- but she doesn't die, and she doesn't back down. Now, the teen is speaking to crowds at the UN on her birthday ("Malala Day") and is stronger than ever before, bearing the pink shawl of assassinated Pakistani leader Benazir Bhutto
and standing tall before the leaders of the world.