Egyptian Women Research Paper

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Egyptian women have always been the essence of their country’s history. Extremely influential since the ancient times, they have left their mark on almost every major period in the country’s chronology, from Queen Hatshepsut to Cleopatra to our most recent Safia Zaghloul. Unfortunately, the more we move up in history the less people remember the greatness of the Egyptian woman, a tragedy proved by the recent rise of sexual harassment that followed the great and terrible Arab spring. In this paper I argue that the Egyptian women have lost a lot since the time of Safia Zaghloul by providing a comparison between the time of the revolution of 1919 and that of 2011. I will follow this contrast with an example of the Tunisian spring that happened parallel to the Egyptian one, only as proof that there could have been a different outcome for the women in Egypt. …show more content…
A front best symbolized by a picture of Egypt’s own Liberty Leading the People, that of the brave woman who, “During her speech [...] cried for her land, for liberty and President Wilson.”(Osman,2012), it was a speech that resonated in history books. That flare amidst the darkness was Safiya Zaghloul, the leader of the egyptian revolutionary women who for the first time in their recent history were permitted to speak in public. Their appearance was a rebellion in itself that called for a crowd gathering, onlookers who looked with a mix of awe and disgust at the young insurgents.The 1919 revolt was a vital point in Egypt’s modern story that not only showcased unity at it’s full potential but it was also behind great socio-political and cultural transformations of the role of women in society, a transformation that became of great importance to the more recent

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