Today’s Dame of the Day is Thuraya Al-Baqsami (1952-). As a student, Al-Baqsami studied art in Egypt and obtained a master’s degree in Graphic Design in Russia before returning home to Kuwait. Her work is part of private and public collections worldwide and received praised from United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan; the UN commissioned her for a sculpture project that traveled around the world. She also received awards for her short story collection, Cellar Candles, and her children’s book, The Recollection of small Kuwaiti Fatuma.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Naziha al-Dulaimi (1923-2007). As a student, al-Dulaimi was one of a few women who studied medicine at Baghdad’s Royal College of Medicine. When the government transferred her to Kurdistan, al-Dulaimi wrote about her patients’ living conditions in a pamphlet called The Iraqi Woman. Later in her career, she founded the League for Defending Iraqi Woman’s Rights and became a leader in the country’s women’s rights movement.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Hayat Sindi. Sindi grew up in Saudi Arabia but relocated to England to attend medical school. Upon completing her Ph.D in biochemistry, she became the first Muslim woman to earn such a degree from Cambridge University and the first woman from any Arab state to complete a doctoral degree in the field. Today, she splits her time between Harvard University and traveling home to Jeddah; when she’s not conducting research or teaching, Sindi encourages other women from the Muslim world to study science.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Rula Ghani. Born in Lebanon and educated in France and the United States, Ghani became Afghanistan’s first lady after the 2014 elections. Like Queen Soraya who preceded her, Ghani aims to fight for women’s right across the country. In his inaugural speech, her husband thanked her for her support and acknowledged her mission to achieve more, a bold statement given the political history of the country.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Bayan Mahmoud Al Zahran. After working as a legal consultant for years, Al Zahran earned her full licensure and became the first woman lawyer in Saudi Arabia. This past year, she collaborated with women following in her footsteps and opened the country’s first all-female law practice. Al Zahran and her colleagues hope to help judges and juries understand cases from a woman’s perspective.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Dina Katabi (1970-). As a professor at MIT, Katabi’s research focuses on optimizing computer networks. Through her work in electrical engineering and computer science, Katabi aims to break up Internet congestion and streamline the surrounding systems. Over the course of her career, Katabi has won a MacArthur Fellowship, an ACM Fellowship and the AMC Murray Grace Hopper Award.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Wafaa El-Sadr (1950-). With a focus on HIV-AIDS, El-Sadr conducted numerous studies at Harlem Hospital in New York City. In collaboration with Columbia University’s School of Public Health, she established MTCT-Plus, an organization providing women and children in 13 sub-Saharan African countries with HIV-AIDS related care. El-Sar became a MacArthur fellow in 2008.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Merieme Chadid (October 11, 1969-). This Moroccan-born astronomer spends her days down at Dome C of Antarctica’s Concordia Research station. She led a team building an astronomical research station at her base. Prior to her work at the South Pole, Chadid installed VLTs (Very Large Telescopes) in Chile’s Atacama Desert, creating a network of observation instruments in the southern hemisphere.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Moufida Tlatli (1947-). Tlatli grew up in Tunisia, studied film in France and returned home to pursue her career as a director. Her film, The Silences of the Palaces, is the first film ever directed by an Arab woman in an Arab country. Following the collapse of the Tunisian government in 2011, Tlatli was appointed Minister of Culture to help maintain order and structure within the country.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Etel Adnan (February 25-1925-). Adnan grew up in Lebanon but earned degrees at the Sorbonne in Paris and studied at UC-Berkeley and Harvard. After receiving her diplomas, she returned to Lebanon and became cultural editor of Al-Safa, a French language newspaper. During her tenure, she vastly expanded the cultural section, contributed critical editorials even penned comics. In her spare time, she composed a slew of novels and several books of poetry reflecting her lesbian identity. Adnan is considered one of the world’s most accomplished Arab-American artists.