"Malala ... stood against the oppressive policies imposed upon the citizens of Pakistan by the Taliban," Jackson Lee wrote in a "Dear Colleague" letter to House members, according to News Track India. "Her stand for education for girl and gender equality resulted in a fatwa issued by the Taliban calling for her death.

"It is my firm belief that we should honor her message and recognize her bravery," she added. "I, like all of you, value the need for education, justice, and gender equality. Join me in supporting this legislation to honor Malala Yousufzai and her message."

Last week, a bipartisan group of Senate women called on Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf to aggressively prosecute Yousufzai's attackers.