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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.

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“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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