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house Bill H.R. 69

Should The U.S. Award Malala Yousafzai A Congressional Gold Medal?

Argument in favor

The U.S. should show formal support for courageous young activists like Malala; her bravery against inequality in education will be an inspiration to young women in the U.S. She deserves this honor.

Steven's Opinion
If congress is not going to work on governance here, this is at least a worthwhile distraction.
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tea's Opinion
Malala has done more than enough to deserve this honor.
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Alis's Opinion
This young woman is not only a hero but an influential Muslim voice. In honoring her, the US would show honor to all non-violent people who stand up against the injustices in their societies. This would not only be a good thing, it would counter the argument that we have so successfully spread that the United States is at war with all Muslims instead of only those who are terrorists. Unless, of course, there is no one left in the US Congress with a functioning brain & you want to confirm that we are a society that opposes everyone who is not white & Christian.
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Argument opposed

Malala recently received a Nobel Peace Prize for her work; awarding her a Congressional Gold Medal seems unnecessary and ignores the others who deserve it.

BTSundra's Opinion
Honor our war veterans before foreigners. I get that she's influential in other areas, but she hasn't really done anything for the American people besides inspiration.
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Jack's Opinion
Congressional gold medal should be for US citizens. Great that she has started what she has but there are other issues citizens have tackled.
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Chas's Opinion
I have huge admiration for this young lady, but believe congress should give its gold medals to US citizens.
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What is House Bill H.R. 69?

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.


U.S. citizens following Malala Yousafzai’s campaign, Malala Yousafzai, and the U.S. Congress.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 69

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More Information

Of Note:

Malala Yousafzai is a 17 year-old Pakistani education activist and the the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. Malala’s story first gained international attention when BBC published her diary, in which she expressed fear over the stability of her education under the Taliban regime. She was only 11 years old at the time. 

She became a household name after Taliban militants attacked and shot her in the head while she was on her way home from school at age 15. After her recovery, Yousafzai has only continued advocating for equal access to education for all children, a campaign that is widely supported and applauded by the international community.


Sponsoring Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) Press Release (On Taliban)

The New York Times


(Photo Credit: Flickr user junaidrao)

Official Title

To award a Congressional Gold Medal to Malala Yousafzai, a recipient of the Nobel Prize for Peace, in recognition of her devoted service to education, justice, and equality in Pakistan.

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      Committee on Financial Services
    IntroducedJanuary 6th, 2015