Devotion and Defiance

Devotion and Defiance

My Journey in Love, Faith and Politics

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Humaira Awais Shahid, a bookish young woman who identified with the independent-minded heroines of Jane Austen and Virginia Woolf, never dreamed that love would lead her to become the most prominent Muslim woman activist and legislator for women's rights in Pakistan. After falling for the son of a prominent newspaper family, Shahid joined the family business. She soon revamped the insipid "women's pages" of one of Pakistan's leading newspapers into a crusading force for exposing the abuses suffered by Pakistani women and girls. Determined to bring meaningful change to the lives of Pakistan's most disenfranchised, she sought and won a seat on the Punjab Provincial Assembly. There, she rose above collective apathy and targeted intimidation to battle corruption, champion bold legislation, change minds and claim breathtaking victories. In the end, faith and family would sustain her conviction that it takes just one person to better the lives of many.
Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Company, ©2014
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9780393081480
Branch Call Number: 305.4095491 SHA 2014
Characteristics: 294 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Horan, Kelly 1960-

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Nov 25, 2015

This amazing woman succeeded in her fight for the rights of women and the poor in Pakistan. She began the fight as the editor of the "women's pages" of her father-in-law's newspaper and later became a representative on the local parliament. A well written biography in which I learned about the plight of women and the poor in Pakistan.

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