Obamas 'committed' to support young leaders like Malala post-White House
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Former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMeghan McCain tears into Maxine Waters for urging protests against Trump officials Michelle Obama says upcoming memoir shares the 'ordinariness of a very extraordinary story' Colbert: Melania Trump’s jacket was ‘one message she did not steal from Michelle Obama’ MORE celebrated revered activist Malala Yousafzai’s 20th birthday in a letter pledging to support young leaders like the Pakistani activist.

“Twenty years ago today, in a part of Pakistan where women and girls are so often silenced, a girl was born who would one day use her voice to change the world,” the former first lady wrote in an email to supporters of the Obama Foundation on Wednesday. 

“Her name is Malala Yousafzai, and she is one of my heroes,” she continued.

“There are young people like Malala in every corner of the globe who are determined to get an education worthy of their promise. In the new chapter of our lives, Barack and I are committed to doing whatever we can to support these young leaders,” Obama said.

Yousafzai gained national attention when she spoke out against the Taliban banning girls from attending school in her community, and was in turn shot by the Taliban.

The activist has since become the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize at 17 years old for her work advocating for girls’ education.

The Obama’s letter comes less than a week after Yousafzai finished high school and joined Twitter. 


Michelle Obama spoke out about her admiration for Yousafzai in a CNN op-ed last year in which she said her story made girls’ education personal for her.

“For me, education was power," she said.

"And a few years ago, when I had the honor of meeting Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head just for trying to go to school, this issue got really personal for me.”

The Hill has reached out to the Malala Fund for comment.