10 Most Powerful Women Leader of Pakistan
Pakistan is not definitely not lacking when it comes to strong and powerful women. In fact, women of Pakistan have a strength that is undeniable. We have a long history full of women that fought, won, lost and gave their lives for this country. Here are a few of those women that we felt had to get the recognition they deserve.
1. Fatimah Jinnah
The Madr-e-Millat and Khatun-e-Pakistan, Fatimah Jinnah was not just sister of Muhammad Ali Jinnah but an active participant in the Pakistan Movement. She was one of the leading members of the All-India Muslim League. She was also a dental surgeon and worked hard for civil rights her whole life. After her brother’s death, she was forced into a political retirement but she came back to stand as opposition in the Presidential Election of 1965 against the dictator Ayub Khan. She got great support from the biggest cities of Pakistan at that time, Karachi and Dhaka. She may not be with us anymore but she is still alive through her legacy.
2. Begum Shaista Ikramullah
Begum Shaista Ikramullah was a prominent Pakistani politician, author and diplomat. She was the first Muslim and Asian woman to get a Ph.D from the University of London. She was also a Pakistani ambassador to Morocco and United Nations. She was also the first woman to be elected as a member of the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan.
3. Begum Mahmooda Salim Khan
Begum Mahmooda was a social worker, a political figure, and the first woman in Pakistan to become a Minister and member of the Cabinet under President General Ayub Khan.
4. Begum Nusrat Bhutto
Begum Nusrat Bhutto was the wife of Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto ad led the Pakistani delegation to United Nations’ first woman’s conference in 1975.
5. Benazir Bhutto
Benazir Bhutto broke many records and stereotypes during her lifetime. She was the first woman Prime Minister of Pakistan and the first woman leader of any Muslim country. She was elected twice, from 1988 to 1990 and then in 1993 to 1996. She went to Harvard University and the University of Oxford where she became the President of the Oxford Union. Her and her mother took over the control of the Pakistan Peoples Party after Zulfikar Bhutto’s was ousted in the 1977 military coup. They led the Movement for the Restoration of Democracy. The liberal leader was the chair of PPP from early 1980s till she got assassinated in 2007.
6. Nazia Hassan
Nazia Hassan was very young when she became one of the biggest pop stars of South Asia. She was a singer, song-writer, lawyer and social activist. She attended the reputable Richmond, The American International University and the University of London. She started her career at the age of 10 and later became one of the biggest artists of Pakistan and India. She was termed the “Queen of Pop” in South Asia and went on to sell over 65 million records worldwide. She was the first Pakistani singer to get on the British charts with her hit “Dreamer Deewane”. Her first album “Disco Deewane” charted in fourteen countries and became the best-selling Asian pop record of that time. At fifteen, she won a Filmfare award, becoming the youngest winner of the award which she remains to this day. She also received Pakistan’s Pride of Performance award and was appointed the cultural ambassador by UNICEF in 1991.
7. Dr. Fehmida Mirza
Fehmida Mirza is a Pakistani politician who is currently serving as the first female Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan and represents the Pakistan Peoples Party. She got her MBBS degree from Liaquat Medical College in 1982. She is also a businesswoman and was the chief executive officer of Mirza Sugar Mills.
8. Hina Rabbani Khar
Hina Rabbani Khar is a Pakistani politician that got the honor of becoming the youngest person and the first woman to be the Foreign Minister of Pakistan from February 2011 till Marc 2013. She studied business at Amherst and LUMS. In 2009, she also became the Minister of State for Finance and Economic Affairs, being the first woman to present the national budget. She retired from active politics in 2013 but is still a public speaker on foreign policies.
9. Nigar Nazar
Nigar Nazar is the first female cartoonist of Pakistan. During 2002 and 2003, she was a Fulbright professor in the art department at the University of Oregon. She created a character named Gogi who is an urban Pakistani woman struggling in a life full of sexist social norms. She is currently the chief executive officer of Gogi Studios.
10. Samina Baig
Samina Baig is mountaineer, who became the first Pakistani woman to scale Mount Everest in 2013. She is also the first Pakistani woman to climb all the Seven Summits. She was 21 years of age at the time which made her the youngest Muslim woman to climb Mount Everest. She was also the first to climb the Chashkin Sar peak in Pakistan in the year 2010, which later got named after her as “Samina Peak”. She also climbed the summit of Koh-i-Brobar (Mount Equality) in 2011.Disclaimer:We do not allow users to post content which is copyright and We take strict actions against the users who post infringement content on our website.Although we do not host any content, users post embed videos from youtube, facebook, Dailymotion and Vimeo and are moderated before posting but we still take strict action against the copyright videos posted.If you are an official representative of any company whose videos are posted illegally on our website or you think some video infringe the copyright then you can simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org