H.R. 69 would direct the The Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President pro tempore of the Senate to award young Pakistani activist, Malala Yousafzai, a Congressional Gold Medal.
This award would be to honor Yousafzai's advocacy for women's equal access to education in Pakistan and around the world.
The Congressional Gold Medal (alongside the Presidential Medal of Freedom) is the highest civilian award in the U.S. Its purpose is to express appreciation for those:
"who have performed an achievement that has an impact on American history and culture that is likely to be recognized as a major achievement in the recipient's field long after the achievement."
Past recipients of the medal include actors, authors, entertainers, musicians, pioneers in aeronautics and space, explorers, lifesavers, notables in science and medicine, athletes, humanitarians, and public servants.