25 Most Inspiring Malala Yousafzai Quotes On Education & Women Empowerment

25 Most Inspiring Malala Yousafzai Quotes On Education & Women Empowerment

Last updated on January 2nd, 2024 at 11:27 am

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Malala Yousafzai’s story is an incredible narration of a brave young girl who dared to stand up to defend girls’ rights against imprudent education laws. At the age of 17, she received the Nobel Peace Prize, becoming the youngest Laureate in history with an unstoppable influence in changing the story of millions of girls worldwide. However, the young Pakistani’s life took a whole new turn after surviving an assassination attack aged 15 for campaigning against a law that banned girls from receiving education in her rural hometown. Since then, Malala’s activism has become a global force that has empowered many young girls and women.

The young activist has taken center stage in global conferences such as the United Nations summits to share her story, which resonates with many other girls worldwide. Since her activism, Malala has continued to speak bravely about education and women’s empowerment, sharing inspiring words at the slightest opportunity. Her resounding speeches often challenge her audience to do better with their positions and power in life. On that note, here’s a compilation of 25 Malala Yousafzai quotes on education and women empowerment to inspire you.

Malala Yousafzai Quotes on Education

“Let us pick up our books and our pens, they are the most powerful weapons.”

Malala Yousafzai

“When someone takes away your pens you realize quite how important education is.”

Malala Yousafzai

“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.”

Malala Yousafzai

“If you want to end war, then instead of sending guns, send books, instead of sending tanks, send pens. Instead of sending soldiers, send teachers.”

Malala Yousafzai

“I will get my education – if it is at home, school, or anyplace.”

“Education is neither eastern nor western. Education is education and it’s the right of every human being.”

Malala Yousafzai

“Education is education. We should learn everything and then choose which path to follow.”

Malala Yousafzai

“There are many problems, but I think there is a solution to all these problems; it’s just one, and it’s education.”

Malala Yousafzai, UN Women For Peace

“With guns you can kill terrorists, with education you can kill terrorism.”

Malala Yousafzai, United Nations Human Rights

Malala Yousafzai Quotes About Women

“If one man can destroy everything, why can’t one girl change it?”

“A girl’s voice is powerful and it can bring change in the community.”

Malala Yousafzai

“We call upon our sisters around the world to be brave — to embrace the strength within themselves and realize their full potential.”

Malala Yousafzai

“Even if I am a girl, even if people think I can’t do it, I should not lose hope.”

Malala Yousafzai

“There are two powers in the world; one is the sword and the other is the pen. There is a third power stronger than both, that of women.”

Malala Yousafzai

“Extremists have shown what frightens them most: a girl with a book.”

Malala Yousafzai Quotes on Women’s Rights

“I tell my story, not because it is unique, but because it is not. It is the story of many girls.”

Malala Yousafzai

“I don’t want to be thought of as the ‘girl who was shot by the Taliban’ but the ‘girl who fought for education.’ This is the cause to which I want to devote my life.”

Malala Yousafzai

“Nowhere is it written in the Quran that a woman should be dependent on a man. The word has not come down from the heavens to tell us that every woman should listen to a man.”

Malala Yousafzai

“In Pakistan when women say they want independence, people think this means we don’t want to obey our fathers, brothers or husbands. But it does not mean that. It means we want to make decisions for ourselves.”

Malala Yousafzai

“No struggle can ever succeed without women participating side by side with men.”

Malala Yousafzai Quotes on Courage

“Don’t be afraid—if you are afraid you can’t move forward.”

Malala Yousafzai

“We were scared, but our fear was not as strong as our courage.”

Malala Yousafzai

“To me, the moral of the story was that there will always be hurdles in life, but if you want to achieve a goal, you must continue.”

Malala Yousafzai

“If people were silent nothing would change.”

Malala Yousafzai

“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.”

Facts About Malala Yousafzai

Born on July 12th, 1997, Malala Yousafzai is the firstborn among her two siblings and the only girl.

Her father was a teacher, an education activist, and a big inspiration to Malala’s activism. He ran a girls’ school in Swat Valley, their hometown in Pakistan, but when the Taliban took control of the town, they banned girls from school.

In 2009, Malala began blogging about life under the Taliban for the BBC, hiding her identity under Gul Makai. However, the Taliban were not pleased with her activism, and she immediately became their target after her identity was revealed.

The assassination attempt on Malala in 2012 left her with a partially paralyzed face and deafness in the left ear.

Other than the gun wounds to her skull, neck, and shoulder, doctors in Peshawar fought to save Malala’s life from hospital-acquired infection and organ failure. 

At 18 years old, Malala opened a school for Syrian refugee girls in Lebanon to empower girls through education. She also runs a non-profit organization called the Malala Fund for the same course. 

Malala always wanted to be a doctor, but her life events inspired her to study Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the University of Oxford.

She is now one of the most popular and influential citizens in Pakistan. Because of her courage, Pakistan passed the first Rights to Education Bill.


Malala Yousafzai is one of the most courageous girls in the modern generation. 

Her story has inspired millions of girls and women worldwide to rise above the status quo and seek their own voice because they matter. 
If you enjoyed reading these quotes from Malala Yousafzai, you’d be glad to discover that we have more powerful women empowerment quotes from inspiring women worth checking out.

Naveen Kumar is a writer and has a thing for collecting quotes and sharing them with people. Naveen is a space enthusiast. When he is not spreading good vibes or motivating people through quotes, you can find him sipping coffee while reading classic literature or on a long road drive.

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