Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani school girl and education activist, won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, making the 17 year-old the youngest person to win the coveted prize. She made international headlines after a Taliban gunman shot her in the head for speaking out for young womens' education in the Taliban-controlled territory. After the attack, Yousafzai continued to speak out for education rights, and after news broke that she won the Nobel Peace Prize, politicians and policy makers spoke out to offer their congratulations.
President Barack Obama released a statement on Friday congratulating Yousafzai.
"At just 17 years old, Malala Yousafzai has inspired people around the world with her passion and determination to make sure girls everywhere can get an education," the statement read. "When the Taliban tried to silence her, Malala answered their brutality with strength and resolve. Michelle and I were proud to welcome this remarkable young woman to the Oval Office last year. We were awe-struck by her courage and filled with hope knowing this is only the beginning of her extraordinary efforts to make the world a better place."