Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate. She is known mainly for human rights advocacy and she focuses on women’s issues and access to education. Her activism began at age 11. She was invited to speak at the United Nations in 2013 on her 16th birthday, which they proclaimed as Malala Day. As you read, take notes on what Yousafzai believes about humanity and the change that needs to happen to bring equal rights to women. This speech is for grade 8 readers. “Malala Yousafzai’s Address to the United Nations, July 2013” by Malala Yousafzai (2013) is in the public domain.