Malala Yousafzai expressed her desire to become the Prime Minister of Pakistan at a conference in the United Arab Emirates.
She recalled how seeing women like Benazir Bhutto, two-time prime minister of Pakistan, made her aware of the opportunities available to her.
“It allowed me to recognize the potential that I had, and that I can have as a woman, to achieve anything in my life,” she said. "My dream changed from becoming a doctor to becoming the prime minister of Pakistan."
Benazir Bhutto was the first democratically elected woman to lead Pakistan in 1988. Her first term lasted for two years, and was elected to office for a second term from 1993-1996. Bhutto was assassinated in 2007 when she was campaigning for her third term. The two share commonalities, and have broken the highest glass ceiling for women. Bhutto was the first female to lead a Muslim majority country, and the only one to head it twice. Malala is the world’s youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.
According to Pakistan’s constitution, a candidate for prime minister can be no less than 45 years of age. The 19 year-old Nobelist might not be qualified just yet, but she has our vote!