Malala Yousafzai's Oxford Acceptance Is A Bright Spot In A Week Of Dreadful News


In a week of dreadful events, news that Malala Yousafzai is going to Oxford was a bright spot. The 20-year-old Pakistani-born activist who is the world's youngest Nobel laureate, tweeted her acceptance to the world on Thursday. 

In March, Malala received a conditional offer from Oxford’s Lady Margaret Hall, contingent on her exam results. Pakistan’s first female prime minister and the first woman to head a democratic government in a Muslim majority nation, Benazir Bhutto, also studied at Lady Margaret Hall in the 1970s.. Bhutto was assassinated in December 2007 in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.


Yousafzai, who survived an assassination attempt after being shot in the head by a gunman in 2012, will be studying philosophy, politics and economics or PPE. AOC followed the terrible challenges to girls' education in the Swat Valley before the assassination attempt on Malala Yousafzai's life. This New York Times video is very distressing and does contain violent images. 

Malala's story was specifically called out in James Murdoch's Thursday email to friends and colleagues concerning his $1 million donation to the Anti-Defamation League in response to the horrible events -- not in Pakistan -- but Charlottesville, Va.