Reese Witherspoon Is Excited Malala Yousafzai Won a Nobel Peace Prize

by Rosalyn Oshmyansky 7:56 AM PDT, October 11, 2014
Photo: ET Canada

When Malala Yousafzai was announced as the youngest Nobel Peace Prize Winner at the age of 17 yesterday, Twitter was full of congratulations for the young women's rights, human rights and education advocate.

From President Obama to the United Nations, Malala was honored with messages, and actress Reese Witherspoon could not help but share her excitement for her too.

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She told ET Canada, "My daughter's the one who has introduced me to Malala, her book ...and we got to have to dinner with Malala in August."

When the Oscar-winner heard the news, she exclaimed, "I woke up Ava and said Malala won the Nobel Peace Prize! And she said oh my God, that's amazing!"

Witherspoon was so inspired by Malala that she began working for the Malala Fund, the young activist's organization for girls education.

In fact, the 38-year old was honored for her work with the fund at the 2014 Variety Power of Women on the same day that Malala received her honor.

Witherspoon shared this congratulatory Instagram with Malala’s picture yesterday captioning it, "At 17 years old, you awe and inspire so many children and adults with your strength, hard work and powerful message.”

She continues, “It's equally inspiring to see, on days like today, how people around the world are actively supporting and pushing you closer towards your goals - of getting children everywhere to get to go to school, of women's equal rights, of spreading messages of hope and non-violence, and so much more. "

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Two years ago, Malala was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in Pakistan for insisting that girls have the right to an education. Her activism efforts continue in Birmingham, England, and she is a world inspiration for her spirit and determination.

Watch the women of Hollywood reveal who inspired them in the video below.

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