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Emily Blunt discussed how women are transforming the world during Variety’s Power of Women event in New York. Blunt said the topic of girls’ education moves and matters to her greatly. After recounting daily conversations with her four-year-old daughter, Hazel, about what she learned in school (“The other night … she said, ‘Do you know how to get […]

Malala Joins Twitter, Shoots to 360k Followers (and Climbing) First Day

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Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani activist who was the youngest Noble Peace Prize winner at 15 when she received the 2014 honor, joined Twitter Friday to celebrate graduating high school. By day’s end, she was pushing 400,000 followers.

“Today is my last day of school and my first day on @Twitter,” she wrote.

“Graduating from secondary school (high school) is bittersweet for me. I’m excited about my future, but … I know that millions of girls around the world are out of school and may never get the opportunity to complete their education.”

“Next week, I will be back on my #GirlPowerTrip to meet girls in Middle East, Africa & Latin America,” she continued. “Each girl’s story is unique  –  and girls’ voices are our most powerful weapons in the fight for education and equality … On and off Twitter, I’m fighting for girls –  will you join me?​”

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Before Malala stars college in the fall, she’s on a mission to spend as much time as possible meeting girls around the world and fighting for their future. In doing so, she kicked off her Girl Power Trip in April, visiting with girls in North America, Latin America, the Middle East, Europe and Africa. Information about her next stops can be found on her website by clicking here.

Today is my last day of school and my first day on @Twitter [THREAD]

— Malala (@Malala) July 7, 2017

….I know that millions of girls around the world are out of school and may never get the opportunity to complete their education. 3/

– Malala (@Malala) July 7, 2017

Each girl’s story is unique  –  and girls’ voices are our most powerful weapons in the fight for education and equality. 5/

– Malala (@Malala) July 7, 2017

On and off Twitter, I’m fighting for girls –  will you join me?​✋???? 6/

– Malala (@Malala) July 7, 2017

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Social media welcomed her with open arms, including Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, who tweeted, “You continue to inspire me, @Malala. Thanks to you, young women around the world can dream of a brighter future for themselves.”

You continue to inspire me, @Malala. Thanks to you, young women around the world can dream of a brighter future for themselves. https://t.co/PuPt6aKn8I

— Bill Gates (@BillGates) July 7, 2017

But there was one virtual hug that took some of her new followers by surprise…

welcome! If anyone can make Twitter a better place it is you! And congratulations on your graduation!

— Donald J. Trump (@niceDonaIdTrump) July 7, 2017

… until everyone realized it wasn’t posted by @realDonaldTrump (the POTUS’ account), but rather by a parody account called @niceDonaldTrump.

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