[dropcap size=small]T[/dropcap]eenage girls these days are the bomb. Thirteen-year-old Malavath Poorna of India summited Mount Everest this week, breaking the record for the world’s youngest woman to climb the mountain. What’s more, she scaled the more difficult Tibetan side, making her achievement even more awesome (in every sense of the word).
From a rural family in Andhra Pradesh, where her parents make less than $600 a year, Malavath’s goal was not only to prove her own climbing abilities but to serve as a role model for other tribal children. “The aim of my expedition was to inspire young people and students from my kind of background,” she says. “For a tribal like me, opportunities are very rare and I was looking for one opportunity where I could prove my calibre.”
I think it’s safe to say that Malavath blew that one out of the park! Congratulations to her, and let me now direct you all to the rest of her inspiring story, over at BBC News.