11 female pioneers of Pakistan
Fatima Jinnah the mother of the nation is that icon of the country who does not need any credit to be in this list of pioneers, She is the pioneer and symbol of inspiration for the all the achievers in the list. Fatima Jinnah is among the founding members of the country and she is the first and only woman who has run for the presidential elections of Pakistan.
Rana Liaquat Ali Khan
Begum Rana Liaquat Ali Khan is the first, first lady of Pakistan but that is not her only identity. Begum Rana is an epitome of gender equality and elegance in Pakistan. She is the first and only female governor of the country and the founder of All Pakistan Women Association APWA.
Namira Saleem is the first Pakistani women and only Pakistani to travel into space. The great women was declared the’ First Astronaut of Pakistan’ by Government of Pakistan in 2006. Namira is that courageous lady who has hoist Pakistani flag at the North Pole and South Pole. The lady with Pakistani roots lives in Southern France.
The daughter of the east was the first woman to become the chairperson of a leading political party. A scion of Bhutto family did not have only this honor but she was the first Pakistani and Muslim woman who became the Prime Minister of any Islamic state by breaking all the prejudices. She is still the only Pakistani woman to hold that position. Benazir Bhutto is also the only Pakistani woman to have waxed statue in Madame Tussauds museum.
Arfa Karim Randhawa
Arfa Karim Randhawa the pride of Pakistan, was the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional. Arfa was a computer prodigy, she got the MCP title in 2004, at a very young age when the girl was only 9 years old. Arfa is also the youngest girl to receive Pride of Performance award and Fatima Jinnah Gold Medal from Government of Pakistan. Unfortunately, this wonder girl of Pakistan died in 2012.
Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy
Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy is that one name that has made every Pakistani woman proud in many international forums. The 36 years journalist-director has been lauded as Pakistan’s first Oscar Award winner and she is the first Pakistani and only Non-American who has received Livingston Award for Young Journalist. The lady with great courage has also awarded the Hilal-e-Imtiaz by Pakistani government and has also bagged two Emmy Awards.
Dr. Fehmida Mirza is a senior and an influential member of Pakistan Peoples Party. She is the 18th Speaker of National Assembly of Pakistan and the first and only woman till date to hold that office.
Nigar Nazar is the first Pakistani female cartoonist who created a Pakistani cartoon character “Gogi”. Gogi is a female character depicting a strong ambitious Pakistani girl dressed up in completely Pakistani avatar. This cartoon is the brain child of jovial and full of life Pakistani cartoonist Nigar, she speaks her mind and heart through Gogi. Pakistani government has honored this great woman by giving her Mohatarma Fatima Jinnah Award and she has also received booruker prize by UNESCO in 2006 for her work in orphanage in Kyrgyzstan.
Late Nazia Hassan is the first Pakistani diva and female singing sensation of the country. Pakistani music is full of legendary female singers but Nazia Hassan is the only one who is considered the pioneer of Asian Pop Music worldwide.
Shamshaad Akhtar is the first and only Pakistani female, who has served as the Governor of State Bank of Pakistan. She was also the only Pakistani woman who acted as the Vice President at the World Bank for Middle East and North African region.
Samina Baig is the first Pakistani and youngest Muslim woman who conquered the tallest peak on earth. Samina Baig created the history in 2013 when she along with her brother raised the Pakistani flag on Mount Everest.
Malala Yusuf Zai
Malala Yusuf Zai is the first Pakistani woman and the youngest ever recipient of Nobel Prize. Malala Yusuf Zai the female educationalist and activist has also been featured on the front cover of The 100 Most Influential People in the World.