Doria Shafik is a woman that every single Egyptian should be proud of. One of the very early Egyptian activists and feminists, Shafik is known for her efforts to fight for women’s right to voting and representation in the government. As a result of her effort, Egyptian women were granted the right to vote by the Egyptian constitution.
As Google celebrates her 108th birthday, here’s what you need to know about the life and achievements of pioneering Egyptian feminist Doria Shafik.
Born on 14 December 1908, Shafik’s journey of fighting and calling for women’s rights began. She was a feminist, philosopher, poet and editor, and one of the principal leaders of the women’s liberation movement in Egypt in the mid-1940s.
Shafik wrote a doctoral dissertation on “Egyptian Women and Islam,” led Bint Al-Nil’s political party, and founded the magazine Bint Al-Nil (Daughter of the Nile). Regardless of her success and tremendous efforts, Shafik faced discrimination and was denied a teaching position in Cairo University.
Doria Shafik also led several oppositions against the British occupation, one of which included creating the first female military unit. The activist passed away on 20 September 1975 in Cairo, but her leading effort and resistance opened our eyes, and changed women’s lives in Egypt forever.
WE SAID THIS: Doria Shafik is not just a woman, she’s a phenomenon whose memory will live on.