strong female characters are gaining popularity, especially in Young Adult books. Lots of people (Myself included) love books that have strong, independent female characters even though traditionally women are portrayed as weak and helpless.
Malala Yousafzai, a young woman who has raised her voice, despite her attackers, to make a change for our world's children to have quality education for all. She inspires youth to dream big, work hard and never give up!
When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai (author of "I Am Malala") refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. When she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price.