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October 03, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: Alumni Center Atrium

A book panel on “Daughters of the Nile: Egyptian Women Changing Their World,” will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 2 p.m. in the Alumni Center Atrium. The book is edited by Samia I. Spencer, professor emeritus from the Department of Foreign Languages. A reception will follow the discussion.
The history of ancient Egypt is filled with fascinating queens and goddesses portrayed side by side with their male counterparts as equal partners, each playing a different and distinct role in society. Anyone interested in their identity and achievements can go to popular or academic sources, and find ample material on the subject. How about their descendants: contemporary Egyptian women? Who are they? What do we know about them, or about their accomplishments? Only scarce and limited information is available. In recent years, however, since the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, images of Egyptian women have flooded TV screens and print media showing them among crowds of shouting demonstrators. Reports have focused on their trials and tribulations, and their regressive condition. This book seeks to highlight Egyptian women that the media have overlooked. It focuses on a sample of 38 pioneers, ground-breakers, and achievers in nearly all professions: [academe, the arts, banking, development, diplomacy, economics, engineering, entrepreneurship, finance, government, medicine, public relations, science and technology, social services, sports, international relations, and international organizations.] Their successes in Egypt and elsewhere have been recognized and honored by some of the highest national and international institutions and governments. [Forgotten or unknown habits, practices, and historical events occurring in the twentieth century, both in Egypt and other parts of the globe, are also discussed in these stories.]