Elizabeth Smart 4. Elizabeth Smart 3. Elizabeth-Smart-2. Elizabeth Smart 1. Malala-Yousafzai. Malala-Yousafzai-015. The Fine Art of Female Assertiveness. Elizabeth smart. Margaret Talbot: The Extraordinary Resilience of Elizabeth Smart. Elizabeth Smart sat backstage in a ballroom of the Washington Hilton hotel, where, in a few minutes, she would be telling an audience of sixteen hundred teen-agers her story of survival. It has been eleven years since a vagrant abducted Smart from her family’s home, in Salt Lake City, when she was fourteen. After nine months of captivity, during which she was repeatedly raped and threatened with murder, she was rescued by the police, in Utah.
Smart’s speech was the keynote address of the annual conference of Key Club International. It was a steamy July day, but Smart looked composed in a ruffle-collared black dress, her blond hair in a chignon. She had no notes. At the lectern, Smart began by conjuring the kind of ordinary girl she was when she went to bed on June 4, 2002. Although Smart will never escape being associated with the lurid captivity she endured, she has chosen to remain a public figure and has been unusually successful at doing so on her own terms.
Malala Yousafzai, Teenage School Activist, Survives Taliban Attack. Malala Yousufzai Impresses Queen Elizabeth. The Queen described the campaigning work of Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai, who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban, as "wonderful" when the pair met at Buckingham Palace. Malala, 16, was shot in the head in Pakistan last October after campaigning for the right of girls to go to school without fear, in a part of the country where Islamic fundamentalists were trying to impose a strict form of Sharia. Surgeons who treated her said she came within inches of death when the bullet grazed her brain in the school bus attack. The schoolgirl, who was treated in Birmingham after the attack and now lives in the city, was a guest at a reception for commonwealth, youth and education hosted by the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, and was selected as one of a handful of people to be presented to the royals.
She gave the Queen a copy of her book, I Am Malala, which the monarch accepted, adding: "That's very kind of you. "I had to miss school because I was meeting the Queen," she said. Alison Wolf’s ‘XX Factor’