Sheryl Sandberg rightly said: “No country can reach its full potential until women reach their full potential.” Women in Pakistan have come a long way in its 70 years and these 11 women paved the way for their counterparts in coming forward.
From politics to sports, these women are the first to make a mark in their fields and set an example for others to follow.
Miss Fatima Jinnah
Known as the Mother of the Nation, Ms. Fatima Jinnah has been influential in her political career. She was the first Muslim Women to run for Presidency in 1965 as a Candidate of the Combined Opposition Party.
Begum Rana Liaquat Ali Khan
Not only she was the 1st first lady of Pakistan but also the first and only female governor of the country. She has championed the cause of women rights in Pakistan and was the founder of All Pakistan Women Association (APWA).
Known as the daughter of the East, Benazir Bhutto took the legacy of his father forward. She was the first woman chairperson of a major political party. She paved the way for women in politics by becoming the first Pakistani and Muslim women to become Prime Minister.
Shamshad Akhtar was the first Pakistani Woman to become the Governor of The State Bank of Pakistan. Being a development economist, she has also served as Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the pacific.
Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy
Known as the 1st Pakistani to win an Oscar, Sharmeen has a list of achievements to her name. She is the 1st Pakistani and non-American to win Livingston Award for Young Journalist. With international acclaim to her name, Sharmeen has worked towards women empowerment in Pakistan.
Who doesn’t know Malala Yousafzai. Being the 1st Pakistani women and the youngest winner of the Nobel Prize, she is the international icon for female education. She is championing the cause of women internationally and has made Pakistan proud.
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Ayesha Farooq has proved that women in Pakistan can compete with men in any field. She is the first female fighter pilot and shows the resilience to compete against gender bias.
Muniba Mazari’s determination and courage didn’t waver when she was met with an accident. She is known to be influential in her role on gender equality and women empowerment. She is the first wheelchair-bound host of the country and was also among BBC’s 100 most inspirational women for 2015.
Sameena Baig has achieved what many men feared to do by becoming the first Pakistani woman to climb Mount Everest. She is also the first Pakistani and Muslim Woman to climb seven summits.
Known as the ‘First Astronaut of Pakistan’, Nameera was the first women to travel in space and hoist Pakistan’s flag at the North and South Pole. She currently lives in France.
By becoming the 1st Pakistani female firefighter, Shazia has broken the norm of conventional roles for Women. She joined Rescue 1122 in 2010 to pave the way for women to opt for unconventional professions.
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