Mufidah Abdul Rahman: Google doodle celebrates one of Egypt's first female lawyers

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Hind Al Soulia - Riyadh - Google is celebrating Egypt’s first female lawyer, Mufidah Abdul Rahman, with a dedicated doodle on its homepage.

Born on this day 106 years ago in 1914, Rahman, who had nine children, was the first married woman to enroll at Cairo University’s Faculty of Law, and the first mother to graduate from the institution.

Her career was also defined by a series of firsts, being the first female lawyer to take cases to the Court of Cassation in Egypt; the first woman to present a case before a military court; and the first female to plead cases in courts located in the south of the country.

Rahman, who was paid in eggs and fruits when she was young, went on to plead more than 400 cases.

She also co-founded the National Feminist Party, which fought for universal suffrage in Egypt and was a member of feminist union Bint al-Nil, which advocated for women’s rights.

But she is perhaps most famous for her representation of Bint al-Nil leader, Doria Shafik, who led a march of 1,500 women on Egyptian’s Parliament in 1951 to demand better socioeconomic rights for women.

The march interrupted parliament for four hours. After being summoned to explain herself in court, Shafik chose Rahman to defend her in her trial, which was subsequently adjourned indefinitely by the judge.

It is said women's rights experienced little improvement in the immediate wake of the march, but Rahman never gave up trying to improve conditions for women in the country.

And five years later, in 1956, Egyptian women won their right to vote.

Google frequently uses its doodles to celebrate people, countries, anniversaries and events. It created its first back in July 2000 to celebrate United States’ Independence Day, and has since designed thousands more.

Regional Google Doodles

Mufidah Abdul Rahman isn't the first regional personality to be honoured with a Google Doodle. Here are some other doodle's from that have celebrated MENA region heroes:

The Google Doodle for January 20, 2020 celebrates Mufidah Abdul Rahman.

Google Doodle on June 10, 2019 celebrates Egyptian author Ahmed Khaled Towfik. Googl

Google Doodle has honoured Iranian mathematician, poet and astronomer Omar Khayyam on what would have been his 971st birthday. 

Mary Mounib was a legendary actress in the Egyptian cinema scene. Her 114th birthday was marked on February 11, 2019 Google Doodle

Egyptian poet Gamila El Alaily has been honoured in a Google Doodle on March 20, 2019.

Syrian artist Louay Kayali is the subject of Google's doodle on January 20, 2019. 

Dalida's Google Doodle gif on January 17, 2019.

Hind Rostom's 87th birthday was noted by Google on November 12, 2018.

Ibn Sina, one of the greatest thinkers of Islam's golden age was honoured on August 7, 2018.

This Google Doodle honours Talal Maddah on what would have been his 78th birthday on August 5, 2018

A Google Doodle gif marked actor Omar Sharif's birthday on April 10, 2018.

Farouk Shousha was honoured by Google on what would have been his 82nd birthday on January 9, 2018. Courtesy Google

Google celebratied the Lebanese icon Sabah's 90th birthday on November 10, 2017.

Inji Aflatoun's Google Doodle pays homage of her style of bold brushstrokes.

Updated: January 20, 2020 08:19 AM

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