Owing precious little to my own efforts, she's soared to world-wide notoriety in the span of this year. And on the anniversary of her attack, she was up for nomination to win a well-deserved Nobel Peace prize.
Malala didn't win the prize - not this year anyway - and there are many who are glad she didn't win. Indeed, I must say that I myself am glad she didn't win. As some commentators have suggested, the award is beneath her. I, for one, would have hated to see her don the same prize as Barack Obama, who has done far more to further this nation's legacy of war and violence in the world (happy Columbus Day, everyone!) than to increase peace. Others have suggested that her good work would have been stymied by the bestowment and accompanying fanfare of such a grand award.
But I'm so proud of Malala, with or without the prize. I know that she will go on to fight for the right to education for all children, that she'll continue to work for peace around the world. Meanwhile, we in the US who admire her and her work would do better to honor Malala by actually heeding her words and ideas, rather than holding her on pedestals to contend for shallow awards.
Today we observe Columbus Day in the US, honoring a man to whom the US legacy of violence could perhaps be originally traced. But I'll follow online cartoonist The Oatmeal's lead on this one, honoring Columbus' contemporary Bartolomé de las Casas instead. Read more about the two men here.
Happy Bartolomé Day, everyone. And to Malala - keep up the good work.