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How Malala Yousafzai’s Courage Inspired a Nation

(ABC News) – When the Taliban sent a gunman to kill a 15-year-old girl because she fought publicly for girls’ education, they intended to instill fear in anyone who wanted to educate young Pakistani women.

The bullet missed her brain, and not only has Malala Yousafzai become an international symbol of inspiration and bravery, but her survival instilled educators with courage — and is slowly helping make Pakistani schools safer.

“They thought that the bullets would silence us, but they failed,” Malala said in a speech at the United Nations on her 16th birthday. “The terrorists thought they would change my aims and stop my ambitions. But nothing changed in my life except this: weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage was born.”