Five women more newsworthy than Miley
Pop singer Miley Cyrus has dominated headlines this fall with her twerking, nudity and naiveté. Sometimes, she seems to have captured our collective attention for doing nothing at all. Which is why it was such a refreshing break this week to have so many prominent and accomplished women grab headlines. This is a toast to them. -- Alexandra Le Tellier
Follow Alexandra Le Tellier on Twitter @alexletellier.
Image 1 of 5
Malala Yousafzai( Jessica Rinaldi / Associated Press / October 11, 2013 )
The brilliant 16-year-old Pakistani teen, who defied the Taliban by championing education for girls, was awarded the European Union's top human rights prize on Thursday. It's a stunning accomplishment for the girl who, just last year, survived an assassination attempt. (She was also nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, but the award went to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.)
In a letter to the editor, Kate Zabinsky contrasted "the immaturity of quibbling American statesmen" with the young Malala, saying "she has done more to legitimize the 'war on terror' than any politicians in Washington."
And earlier this week on "The Daily Show," Jon Stewart asked if he could adopt Malala, now a celebrated international figure, during this much-buzzed-about interview in which she talked about standing up to the Taliban "through peace and through dialogue and through education."
But, a note of caution from The Times' Paul Whitefield: Too much Western praise may not be safe for Malala.