If there was ever a backbone of Egyptian society, it would find itself braided into the fabric of women. Egyptian women have played various roles over the course of a long, arduous history – between queens and mothers, mystics and merchants, Egyptian women have found a way to carve a niche for themselves in a largely patriarchal milieu. In fact, they have paved the way for generations of young boys and girls, redefining core elements of society in the process.
As nurses, teachers, breadwinners, entrepreneurs, and engineers, women take reality into their own hands and function against the odds and against all tribulations. Whatever misfortune they face, they swallow whole and come out of it greater – remaining forever at the forefront of modernization.
It’s for that reason that Egyptian Streets has chosen to honor these unsung heroines, and grant them a modest show of recognition through photos.
Here are some of Egypt’s time-worn queens and advocates.