8. Malala Yousafzai (1997- )
A schoolgirl turned human rights advocate, Malala Yousafzai ran afoul of Pakastani’s Taliban leadership for attending school even though the Taliban had banned women from receiving an education. As a pre-teen, she wrote a blog for BBC about her oppressed life. From there, she gave interviews to foreign media and was the subject of a New York Times documentary. Her outspokenness led to an assassination attempt on her life, a shooting that left her severely injured. After her recovery in England, Malala became even more committed to her passion for activism.
In 2014, at the age of 17, Malala was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, making her the youngest recipient of the prestigious award. She is currently studying politics and philosophy at Oxford.