When it comes to Pakistani women, there is nothing in this world that can stop them from achieving absolute greatness. Pakistani women have always been a source of pride and fame for the country, throughout the globe. Their academic, analytical, technical, abilities know no bounds. Pakistan has witnessed a number of its women registering their valor and bravery in the face of the world. We bring to you the list of top 10 superwomen of Pakistan.
1. Benazir Bhutto
You guessed it right. Benazir Bhutto is quite the mention here because was the most dominant female political personality known to Pakistanis. She was the first woman to head a democratic government in a Muslim nation in the world. She belonged to a wealthy, famous and aristocratic background. She was a Harvard graduate and extremely diverse in knowledge. She held the prime minister office two times dating back from 1988 to 1990 and 1993 to 1996. She was an avid supporter of freedom of speech and took many steps for the welfare of the people of Pakistan.
2. Flight Officer Marium Mukhtiar (Tamgha-e-Basaalat)
Flight Officer Marium Mukhtiar is an unknown to nobody and needs no introduction. This extraordinary woman had exceptional intention and ability. She is the first female fighter pilot to embrace martyrdom in the line of active duty. Her fighter jet crash in Kundian during a routine flight due to technical malfunction, resulting in her martyrdom. She received Tamgha-e-Basaalat for her unshakable courage. She used to secretly help out a school financially for children’s free education. A noble soul indeed.
3. Namira Salim
Namira Salim, in 2008, became the first Pakistani, man or woman, to conquer both the North and South Poles. She also holds the Guinness title of being the first Asian and first Pakistani to skydive over Mount Everest during the historic First Everest Skydives project in 2008. She has also registered and is anticipated to be the first Pakistani to travel into Space when the first commercial space flight by Virgin Galactic takes off with cosmonauts on board.
4. Maleeha Lodhi
Maleeha Lodhi is a superwomen if we abide by all definitions of it. She has been a diplomat, a military strategist, High commissioner to the foreign office, and US ambassador for Pakistan for many many years. She is an extremely intellectual being with decades of experience. She has been the face of Pakistan towards United Kingdom and United States of America under several presidents including Mamnoon Hussain and Arif Alvi.
5. Shaila Abdullah
Shaila Abdullah is famous as a “Word Artist” for being an award-winning Pakistani- American author, writer and designer. Her work emphasizes on the strengths and weaknesses of Pakistani women and their often unorthodox choices in life. She is the author of five books including Saffron Dreams, Beyond the Cayenne Wall and three children’s books,” My Friend Suhana”, “Rani in Search of a Rainbow”, and A Manual for Marco”. She has been given many awards for her work including the Patras Bukhari Award for English Language, the Golden Quill Award and the Norumbega Jury Prize for Outstanding Fiction.
6. Shahzia Sikandar
One thing is for sure. That Pakistani women can never go wrong with art. Despite this, we have a “best” Pakistani female artist and her name is Shahzia Sikandar. She graduated from NCA Lahore in 1991 and went on to get a MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. She has been awarded numerous awards, grants and fellowships, including the huge Asia Society Award for Significant Contribution to Contemporary Art award. She is an internationally recognized artist with masterpieces in her portfolio.
7. Sana Amanat
Do you love Marvel Comics and Cinematics? If yes, you’ll love it more and if no, well brace yourself for a change in opinion. Sana Amanat is a VFX artist and an editor at Marvel Comics and she is developing and managing creative content for the company’s various publications. In the recent past, she co-created the first solo series to feature a Muslim Pakistani female super hero, Ms. Marvel.
8. Rohina Malik
Rohina Malik is a heavily acclaimed playwright, actress, speaker and solo performance artist of South Asian origin. Her career in playwright and performance arts started in 2008 after taking a class on writing a one-person play with Tekki Lominicki in April 2008. She has performed at several educational institutions like Princeton, Yale, University of Chicago, University of Oklahoma, Columbia University, University of Illinois and Stanford. And yes, she does wear a hijab but that does not deter her from acting!
9. Fatima Ali (Late)
When it comes to cooking, nobody in his right mind can dream of outclassing Pakistani women. Fatima Ali was just another example of amplifying Pakistani spicy cuisine to the Western world. This won her the first prize in a US based cooking show called Chopped. She was expected to return with her very own show that will attract the masses until she was diagnosed with sarcoma cancer. She was the head chef at Café Centro. Sadly, she died at the age of 29.
10. Riffat Hassan
Riffat Hassan is a popular Pakistani-American theologian and a leading Islamic feminist scholar of the Quran. She also wrote the eleventh chapter of Transforming the Faiths of our Fathers: Women who Changed American Religion in 2004. She has taught at many schools including Oklahoma State University and Harvard University, and is currently a professor of Religious Studies at the University of Louisville, Kentucky in America.
These are undoubtedly the top 10 superwomen of Pakistan.