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Words from the mother of modern Egyptian feminism

Egyptian feminist Dr. Nawal Al-Saadawi, 80, has advocated for women's rights for decades. She is a psychiatrist, activist and author whose books have been banned and whose associations have been disbanded by the government. She has taught in the U.S. and now lives in Cairo.

Dr. Nawal Al-Saadawi is 80. She is an author, professor, psychiatrist, and feminist activist whose books and organizations were repeatedly banned under the governments of Anwar Sadat and Hosni Mubarak. She went to Tahrir Square during the most violent period of clashes in late January, and was with the protesters until the resignation of Hosni Mubarak on Feb. 11, 2011.

This interview with Al-Saadawi was conducted in her home in the working-class Cairo neighborhood of Shobra on Feb. 26. The next day, Al-Saadawi hosted a group of young activists planning a "Million Woman March" to coincide with International Women's Day on March 8.

Here's the rest of my story on feminism rising in Egypt, and see a slideshow of photos.

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Mitchell Hartman is the senior reporter for Marketplace’s Entrepreneurship Desk and also covers employment.
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