Unapologetic progressive. Fearless activist. Plucky liberal.

The world watched this year as Egyptians toppled their president through peaceful protests. Their dedication was inspiring, and in less than a month, they accomplished one of their main goals.

One of their inspirations may have been Aung San Suu Kyi, the Lady of No Fear, who spent 15 years as a political prisoner under house arrest in Burma. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 for her unwavering commitment to democracy through nonviolent means. Her dedication to her cause and her people was so strong she did not travel to see her husband on his deathbed for fear she would not be let back in the country. Dozens of countries around the world have honored her for her work; the United States awarded her the Congressional Gold Medal in 2008. She was not released from house arrest until November 2010.

Listen to her eloquently explain her philosophy that has sustained her through so many years.

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