Her intelligence and insight captivated a global audience, even as a middle-schooler. It's what led to her early gig blogging for the BBC about life under Taliban rule for Pakistani girls living in the countryside.
Those same gifts frightened cowardly males (calling them men would offer those thugs too much credit) in her country. In fact, they were so scared of her, they attempted to murder her last year.
Largely because she was an insightful, intelligent girl. Left unchecked, she might be able to grow into an insightful, intelligent woman. And we know what kind of threat that is.
How noble these men were. Trying to assassinate a teenager.
Yet despite the evil that emanated from those certain Taliban quarters, Malala Yousafzai rose from near-certain death. What's more, she's more committed to ensuring all girls and boys in her country have access to an equitable education, so that they can grow into their full human measure. So they can resist hate.
Scarred, but not scared, this teenager could teach commitment and leadership to the masses. Certainly, she has inspired a great deal already -- of all ages.
Scripture says, "and a little child shall lead them." Malala remains an example of that prophecy, with her unyielding tenacity and courage.
She is the essence of a shero. And we don't have to wait until Women's History Month to recognize that.