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Malala Yousafzai attends the premiere of "He Named Me Malala" at The Ziegfeld Theatre on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai celebrated her high school graduation by joining Twitter


The trailblazing teenager who gained international attention for her outspoken rhetoric about the Taliban and women's education celebrated two milestones on Friday--graduating high school and joining Twitter.

The 19-year-old described her graduation from high school as "bittersweet."

"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," she tweeted from her newly-minted account that has already attracted 131,000 followers.

In October 2012, Malala was shot by masked gunman while traveling with friends from school--leaving her critically injured. Despite the Taliban's attempts to kill her, Malala has continued to use her voice to address gender inequalities and girl's education. Her work inspired the establishment of the Malala Fund, a nonprofit that promotes international education initiatives. In 2014, Malala became the youngest person to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Malala, who celebrates her 20th birthday on July 12, announced she will return on her "Girl Power Trip" to meet girls in the Middle East, Africa and Latin America.

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