Ready for a reality check? While I sit at my desk working on the latest post or the lesson plans for my two home-schooled daughters, there are young girls around the world who are not only denied access to an education — they fear for their lives at the mere mention of it.  

One year ago, young teen Malala Yousafzai was riding the bus home from school when a Taliban gunman shot her in the head. Yousafzai was an outspoken advocate on the importance of education to women, and it almost cost her her life.  

But Yousafzai did not die. She recovered from her injuries and continued her crusade to bring education to women. The title of her new book, "I Am Malala," has become a rallying cry for women around the world who share Yousafzai's vision. And now the 16-year-old advocate has become the youngest nominee for the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize which will be awarded on Oct. 11. She has also been awarded the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.

Check out Yousafzai as she wows "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" with her eloquence:

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