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Why Google is highlighting this famed Egyptian author, feminist

Due to Shafik's efforts, Egyptian women were allowed the right to vote in 1956

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In its unique doodle style, Google has chosen to celebrate the life of Doria Shafik, the Egyptian feminist, activist, philosopher, poet, author and editor. Shafik was born on December 14, 1908, making today her 108th birthday.

Shafik was one of the primary leaders of the Egyptian women’s liberation movement, and due to her efforts, Egyptian women were allowed the right to vote for the first time under the constitution of 1956.

She earned her PHD in Paris, and published in 1945 the first copy of the Arabic magazine Bint Al Nil (Daughter of The Nile), her nickname, which was meant to empower women and encourage them to play a more active role in society.

Shafik carried out a hunger strike in 1957 in protest over Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser’s dictatorship at the time, and was under house arrest. the balcony in 1975.