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Article by Brittney Bain December 12, 2014 //   2 minute read

This week Malala Yousafzai, at age 17, became the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize winner. Malala was shot in the head by the Taliban in Pakistan because she championed education for girls. Shortly after the horrific tragedy in 2012, Mrs. Bush praised Malala for having the courage to speak up and refusing to look the other way. Malala continues to do just that.

In her Nobel prize acceptance speech, Malala urged leaders to make education a priority around the world and said her prize money would be donated to the Malala Fund, which she set up to build schools in Pakistan and help empower girls through education. "Though I appear as one girl, one person, who is 5-foot-2-inches tall, if you include my high heels. I’m not a lone voice. I am those 66 million girls who are deprived of education and today I’m not raising my voice, it is the voice of those 66 million girls,” she said.

There are plenty of headlines this week about declining oil prices. This piece in the Wall Street Journal looks at how the prices at the pump are affecting consumer spending. The Dallas Morning News reports on a forecast projecting North America as a net exporter of oil and other petroleum liquids by 2020, explaining that “[d]eveloping countries in Africa and Asia will consume more and more energy. At the same time the United States is becoming more efficient and growing its oil and natural gas production by leaps and bounds.”