A teen took the stage with world leaders and unflinchingly spoke truth to power. YES, GIRL.

Four heads of state interrupted Natasha Mwansa's 4-minute speech to give her a standing ovation.

Watch out world. The young women have arrived, and they're taking the reins.

From Greta Thunberg to Emma Gonzales to Malala Yousafzai, young women are taking the microphone, organizing movements, and demanding the world's attention on major issues. And it appears they are just getting started.

Imagine you're 18 years old, preparing to go to college, and being invited to join a panel in the opening session of a huge international conference. Imagine that panel includes four current heads of state, and you'll be speaking before an audience of thousands of people from around the globe.

Now imagine standing up on that stage and telling those world leaders to their faces, in no uncertain terms, that they need to step up their game. No pussyfooting. No apologies.

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You've probably heard of Malala Yousafzai.

Yousafzai gained worldwide attention when she survived an assassination attempt from the Taliban in 2012. She was shot in the head and neck while on the school bus in Swat Valley, Pakistan, because she was advocating for girls' rights to an education.

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Something very exciting happened on July 7, 2017: Malala Yousafzai posted her first tweet.

The 19-year-old Pakistani activist gained global notoriety after surviving a gunshot wound to the head at the hands of the Taliban in 2012. Her crime: daring to get an education as a girl.

Yousafzai just graduated from high school in the U.K. and used her first tweets to express the mixed emotions that accompanied the occasion.

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You might have heard of Malala Yousafzai, the young woman who was shot by the Taliban for speaking up for educational rights, survived the attacks, and is now a champion for young people and educational reform. This is the speech she gave to the United Nations Youth Assembly on her 16th birthday.

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