On Friday, Malala Yousafzai, the 17-year-old advocate for girls’ rights to education who was shot by the Taliban, was awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, sharing it with with Kailash Satyarthi, who fights for children’s rights. Which means it’s a great occasion to revisit Yousafzai’s moving 2013 interview with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show.
Yousafzai told Stewart about learning that the Taliban had threatened her. “I would reply to myself, Malala, just take a shoe and hit him,” she said. “But then I said, if you hit a Talib with your shoe then there would be no difference between you and the Talib. You must not treat others with cruelty and that much harshly. You must fight others but through peace and through dialogue and through education. Then I said, I will tell him how important education is and that I even want education for your children as well, and I would tell him, that’s what I want to tell you, now do what you want.”
Stewart clasped his hands over his mouth, as the audience broke into applause. “I know your father is backstage, and he’s very proud of you,” Stewart said. “But would he be mad if I adopted you? Because you sure are swell.”
At the end of their conversation, Stewart said, “I am humbled—humbled—to speak with you.”
Yousafzai is the youngest winner of the prize in its history, according to The New York Times.