Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai (mah-LAH’-lah YOO’-suhf-zeye) was honored Thursday by Harvard University for her work promoting girls’ education.

2014 Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai holds up the 2018 Gleitsman Activist Award while being honored prior to an address at the Kennedy School's Institute of Politics at Harvard University, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
2014 Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai holds up the 2018 Gleitsman Activist Award while being honored prior to an address at the Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics at Harvard University, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Yousafzai received the 2018 Gleitsman Award from Harvard’s Kennedy School.

2014 Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai waves as she is introduced prior to addressing a gathering at the Kennedy School's Institute of Politics at Harvard University, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
2014 Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai waves as she is introduced prior to addressing a gathering at the Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics at Harvard University, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Yousafzai became the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 when she was recognized for her global work supporting schooling for all children.

2014 Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai gestures during an address at the Kennedy School's Institute of Politics at Harvard University, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
2014 Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai gestures during an address at the Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics at Harvard University, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

As a teen in Pakistan, she survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban. She later founded the nonprofit Malala Fund to support her work.

2014 Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai adjusts her scarf during an address at the Kennedy School's Institute of Politics at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
2014 Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai adjusts her scarf during an address at the Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
2014 Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai addresses a gathering at the Kennedy School's Institute of Politics at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
2014 Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai addresses a gathering at the Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Harvard officials say her story has inspired a generation of boys and girls to follow in her footsteps.

2014 Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai holds up the 2018 Gleitsman Activist Award while being honored prior to an address at the Kennedy School's Institute of Politics at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
2014 Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai holds up the 2018 Gleitsman Activist Award while being honored prior to an address at the Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Now 21, Yousafzai is a student at Oxford University in England.

2014 Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai holds up the 2018 Gleitsman Activist Award as the audience applauds at the Kennedy School's Institute of Politics at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
2014 Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai holds up the 2018 Gleitsman Activist Award as the audience applauds at the Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

The Gleitsman Award provides $125,000 for activism that has improved quality of life around the world.

Source: The Associated Press