Pakistani women have always been as influential in the country’s history as men and the names of some of them can be seen in the highest governmental and political relations of the country.
Throughout history, many stories have been recorded about the courage and strength of Pakistani women. In a way, the history of Pakistan is full of the names of women without whom the current Pakistan would not have existed.
Today, Pakistani women are involved in countless political and social issues. Even the presence of Pakistani women in political positions has grown significantly in recent years.
Here are 15 Pakistani women who have created history and made pakistan proud over the decades!
1. Fatima Jinnah
Fatima Jinnah was an instrumental figure in the Pakistani movement. Decades after her death, the Pakistani lady continued to be loved and revered by Pakistanis and remains a role model for women in in the country.
2. Begum Ra’ana Liaquat Ali Khan
She was one of the leading figures in the Pakistani movement. She has been a women’s rights activist and the founder of the Pakistan Women’s Association. She also holds the title of UN Human Rights Award winner.
3. Begum Shaista Ikramullah
Begum Shaista Ikramullah is the first woman to become an elected member of the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan. She paved the way for the role of women in Pakistani politics.
4. Benazir Bhutto
While developed countries such as the United States are still struggling to elect their first female president, Benazir Bhutto set the stage for Pakistan in 1989. She is not only the first female Prime Minister of Pakistan but also the first female head of state in the Islamic world.
5. Asma Jahangir
Asma Jahangir was a Pakistani politician, lawyer, and human rights activist. She chaired the Bar Association of the Supreme Court. She has won numerous awards for her work on human rights, including the Martin Ennals Award. The Times also named this Pakistani woman as one of 100 of the most influential women in the world.
6. Bano Qudsia
Bano Qudsia is a famous Pakistani novelist and playwright. She was so popular among the people of Pakistan that she was called Bano Aapa (the great sister). She is also known as one of the most prominent Urdu writers in modern era.
7. Arfa Abdul Karim Randhawa
At the age of 9, Arfa made Pakistan proud by becoming the youngest Microsoft engineer in the world. She represented Pakistan at major technology-related events, including the TechEd Developers Conference. Arfa Karim is the youngest recipient of the Gold Medal of Performance in Pakistan. This award is usually given to people who show excellence and mastery in their field over a long period of time.
8. Tahira Qazi
Tahira Qazi was the director of the Army Public School, who was killed in an attack on a Peshawar school on December 16, 2014. During the attack, Tahira Qazi, who was trying to protect the children, bravely stood in front of the main door in front of Taliban militants. By keeping them busy, she saved the lives of many children, but her own body became full of bullets. She was awarded the Star of Courage badge after her death.
9. Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy
A successful Pakistani woman who initially won two Academy Awards for her filmmaking activities that highlighted women’s rights. Sharmeen was the first artist to co-chair World Form. Her name is among the most influential Muslims in the world in 2020.
10. Samina Khayal Baig
Samina Baig is the first Pakistani woman to climb Mount Everest and is the first Muslim to climb seven high peaks.
11. Sana Mir
Sana Mir was the captain of the Pakistan Women’s National Cricket Team at ODI and T20I. She played in 226 international matches. In October 2018, she became the first Pakistani cricket playing woman to be ranked No. 1 in ICC ODI. Sana has led Pakistan to two gold medals at the 2010 and 2014 Asian Games.
12. Ayesha Farooq
In 2013, Ayesha became the first female pilot ready for war in Pakistan. As a fighter pilot, she has opened up new opportunities for Pakistani women.
13. Bilquis Edhi
Belquis Bano Edhi is the wife of the late Abdul Sattar Edhi, a humanitarian, social worker and one of Pakistan’s most active philanthropists. She is also honored to receive the prestigious Hilal-i-Imtiaz Award. Most recently, she was shortlisted for the Top Personality Award for the two decades from 2000 to 2020.
14. Nigar Johar
Nigar Johar marked an important part of history by reaching the highest position in the Pakistani army and becoming the first female general in the army. Undoubtedly, this news is a powerful message to the world that there is no impossible dream in life for girls and women in Pakistan.
15. Sania Nishtar
Dr. Sania Nishtar is the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister of Pakistan on Poverty Alleviation and Social Protection and the Leader of Global Health and Sustainable Development. Since 2018, this Pakistani lady has been the leader of the poverty reduction program in Pakistan called Ehsas, which strives to provide livelihood and improve the social situation of many people in this country.