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Reese Witherspoon's Daughter Ava Introduced Her to Malala Yousafzai - Read the Amazing Story

Reese Witherspoon's Daughter Ava Introduced Her to Malala Yousafzai - Read the Amazing Story

Reese Witherspoon keeps all bundled up on her way through LAX Airport on Saturday (October 11) in Los Angeles.

The 38-year-old actress was honored at the 2014 Variety Power of Women event earlier in the week for her work with the Malala Fund, and spoke about her connection with Malala Yousafzai herself.

“I remember one day when my daughter Ava was really little, she’s 15 now, but she was 7 or 8, she said, ‘I don’t wanna go to school.’ I took the opportunity to explain to her that there are a lot of girls all over the world who don’t get the opportunity to go to school…my daughter found that astounding. And from that point on Ava became determined to help others understand the plight of women around the world,” Reese said (via Us Weekly).

“And now at 17 years old, she’s the youngest person ever to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. I was so excited to get an email this morning and I shook Ava awake and said, ‘Malala won the Nobel Peace Prize!’ She was like, ‘That’s awesome mom, I’m going back to sleep,’” Reese added.

Click inside to read all of Reese‘s speech…

15+ pictures inside of Reese Witherspoon at the airport…

“I remember one day when my daughter Ava was really little, she’s 15 now, but she was 7 or 8, she said, ‘I don’t wanna go to school.’ I took the opportunity to explain to her that there are a lot of girls all over the world who don’t get the opportunity to go to school. She was shocked and she asked me why. I told her that in certain places, people control women by not teaching them to read and write. If you can’t read, you can’t vote. If you can’t write, you can’t create new laws, and my daughter found that astounding. And from that point on Ava became determined to help others understand the plight of women around the world.”

“On the way to school one morning, a Taliban soldier boarded her school bus, asked her for her name, and shot her in her head. Not only did Malala survive this horrible attack but she went on to form the Malala Fund. And now at 17 years old, she’s the youngest person ever to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. I was so excited to get an email this morning and I shook Ava awake and said, ‘Malala won the Nobel Peace Prize!’ She was like, ‘That’s awesome mom, I’m going back to sleep.’”

“She’s just a regular teenager in some ways,” she said of the activist. “She sat next to Ava at dinner and they talked about schoolwork and homework and what their life goals were and Ava was just in awe of this 17-year-old woman who’s making a difference in this world, but she’s never stopped talking about her education. Because her education is her biggest gift. They told her today in chemistry class that she won a Nobel Peace Prize and she said, ‘Oh that’s wonderful. Okay I need to finish my classwork.’ Amazing.”

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  • Just me

    Using her child!

  • go go

    B!tch pleeeeze…..

  • urgh…

    Not once in her speech does Witherspoon say that her daughter introduced her to Malala Yousafzai. Liar liar, pants on fire.

  • http://comcast Doreen

    I cannot get over her comment to policeman when she was stopped by him.. “Don’t you know who I Am” almost in a threatening way. I lost all respect for her. Who the hell does she think she is, I would say nothing special.

  • Sam

    Using Malala to promote her movies during award season. Her husband’s powerful pr machinery working overtime. I can’t stand Reese.

  • SHAMLESS IN USING MALALA

    LIAR LIAR PANTS ON FIRE …REECE ON HER OSCAR PIMPING TRAIL ..SHAME ON YOU USING YOUR DAUGHTER & MILALA

  • forrest gump

    hahahahahahaha, miss KNOBLE-CHIN!!

  • SHAMLESS IN USING MALALA

    Godawful Reece Witherspoon is not stopping in her quest for Oscar is there now she is ridding Malala’s coattails every hard, she is taking Malala’s name dropping to every festival even at LIFF……
    Stop Reece with your shameless self promotion via Malala, id get it if she was in a moviesimilar related to what Malala went through, but no she is not. ……And her story rings bells of stalking Angelina Jolie, especially when Angelina she had to explain to the kids about Malala’s plight when she was going to announce the Malala Fund….. Reece’s version doesn’t quite go along with what happened to Malala 4-5 years later, yet Reece somehow manages to gel both the incidents together and make it current…….. Malala got shot on October 9, 2012, Reece’s daughter would be at the time 13 year oldat the time and Reece comes out with this story about when her daughter was 7-8 years old, refused to go to school she said to her “”I took the opportunity to explain to her that there are a lot of girls all over the world who don’t get the opportunity to go to school. She was shocked and she asked me why. I told her that in certain places, people control women by not teaching them to read and write. If you can’t read, you can’t vote. If you can’t write, you can’t create new laws, and my daughter found that astounding. And from that point on Ava became determined to help others understand the plight of women around the world.” NO YOU DIDN’T Reece, I very much doubt you were giving your daughter that speech.

  • mean

    Your daughter is as augly as you. Looks like she dress for winter. She doesn’t desverd nonthing in life.

  • Dirk_Reese-Fan

    @SHAMLESS IN USING MALALA:
    IT IS NOT SHAMELESS !
    ***
    I think that there are really parallels between Reese and Malala !
    Reese always tries to fight for the rights of woman and for the
    emanzipation of woman. For example, the goal of “Legally Blonde”
    was to destroy the bad prejudices against blonde women, wansn´t it ???
    ***
    The movie “Penelopé” (the girls with the pig nose) had the goal to strenghen the self-consciousness of young women.
    ***
    And now the movie “Wild” is a movie to strenghen the self-consciousness of women again. Slogan: You can fall down, but you can have the power to stand up and begin a new life.
    ***
    Now, DON`T TELL me, that Reese is not doing anything for woman !!!
    ***
    Reese, so fine to see you smiling on photo 1 and 9, (for example), yup !
    Your latest 3 Instagram-photos are faaantastic !
    Especially the cute eyes of the dog, yup ! I believe your wisdom.
    Reese, a look into your eyes makes my brain produce love chemicals, too ! Especially, when you combine your eyes with your brilliant dance of reesyfied facial expressions, yup ! GINORMIC FOR MY HEART !!!
    ***
    1000-SUNS-POWER-FOREVERRReeseIsDoingALotForTheStrenghtOfYoungWomen, yep !
    She does it with her movies !
    ***

  • Kass

    She’s just seems fake all around and high maintenance imo

  • Dirk_Reese-Fan

    Sorry, I wanted to write “Penelopé” (the girl with the pig-nose (only one girl, of course)).
    ***
    Watch the comment of Reese on the DVD “Penelopé”
    There you can see her “message”.
    ***

  • justine

    Her 8 year old daughter was determined to help others understand the plight of women around the world? oh please, that’s a load of bull. does this woman ever shut her mouth?

  • QueenOfTrashin

    Uh, Just Jared the Uneducated, where are the details about Reese’s daughter introducing Reese to Malala? And, that’s right Reese “I am an American Citizen” WitheredSpoon, start off your speech about a Nobel Prize winner by talking about your daughter. How selfish.

  • SHAMELESS IN USING MALALA

    @Dirk_Reese-Fan
    .
    ROTFLMAO Quoting from movie chacacters you do know she is an ACTRESS those ARE chacters are not real ,thanks for the laugh

  • SHAMELESS IN USING MALALA

    PIMPING HER DAUGHTER IN THE NAME OF MALALA NOW THATS SHAMLESS BEHAVIOUR REECE