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She’s been called “the most famous schoolgirl in the world,” but Malala Yousafzai defines herself in simpler terms.

During an interview with Fusion’s Alicia Menendez, Menendez asked Malala how she describes herself. Malala said people describe her in many different ways, but she defines herself as “a woman who is fighting for children’s rights of education, equality and women’s rights.”

Malala was quick to note that the U.S. has yet to have a female president. Menendez asked about rumored presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, saying, “If she were elected, what would that mean for women and children worldwide?”

Malala answered by focusing on the big picture: “If [Clinton] gets elected she would give an example to women all around that they should also come to the field of politics and they should not consider that it’s not their duty, or it’s men’s job.” It’s an example the 17-year-old also hopes to be in her own country someday.

Malala spoke to Menendez about the importance of education around the world and clarified how it goes beyond school. “It’s not only the books that the child reads, it’s always the things that the child sees in surrounding. What’s on TV, what’s on magazines. Everything plays a role. We need to bring change in all these different parts of life, so [children] are shown equality, that you are all equal and women are not like toys or show pieces,” Malala said.

During the interview, Menendez discussed Malala’s newest social media campaign, #STRONGERTHAN. “Is there anything you’re not stronger than?” she asked Malala.

To which Malala responded, “Maybe wrestling?”

Credit: Claudia Pou, Alicia Menendez, Ignacio Torres, Jessica Blank, and Andrea Torres

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