Today is International Women’s Day, and Mattel, the creators of Barbie, celebrated by releasing 17 new dolls fashioned after real-life female role models. Some of their new dolls included Frida Kahlo, Ashley Graham, Amelia Earheart and Ibtihaj Muhammed.
So it got us to thinking, what if we had an Egyptian version of Barbie that was modeled after our female role models? Here are just a few of the ones we came up with.
Farida is the fastest female swimmer in Egypt and all of Africa, and a national champion at age 23.
Nawal El Saadawi
Nawal is known as Egypt’s leading women’s rights activist, as well as being an author, doctor and psychiatrist. She’s also the founder of Arab Women’s Solidarity Association.
Not only was Hatshepsut one of the most successful Egyptian pharaohs, she was also the longest-reigning woman in Egyptian history.
Ahdaf is a novelist, essayist and political and social commentator, as well as being a nominee for the Man Booker Award.
Nour El Sherbini
Nour became the youngest world champion in the history of squash at the age of 13. She later became the youngest champion at the Women’s World Championship.
In 1933 Lotfia became the first woman in Egypt, the Middle East and Africa as a whole to earn her pilot’s license and to fly in international competitions. Fun fact: her father was angry and against it at first, until he saw the positive press she was getting; he then let her take him on a flight over the Pyramids.
A woman who needs no introduction. She’s considered one of the most influential singers of the 20th century.
Samira was a pioneer nuclear scientist whose life mission was making medical nuclear power accessible to all. Her efforts were honored by Anwar Sadat, although she passed away in 1952.