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Zaib-un-Nissa Hamidullah
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    (December 25, 1921-September 10, 2000)
    Born in Kolkata, India
    Pioneer of Pakistani literature, journalism, and feminism
    Wrote for the newspapers Illustrated Weekly of India (1936-1947) and Dawn (1948-1951)
    Writings include 'Indian Bouquet' (1941), 'Lotus Leaves' (1946), 'Sixty Days in America' (1956), 'The Young Wife and Other Short Stories' (1958), 'The Flute of Memory' (1964), and 'Poems' (1972)
    One of the founding members of the Pakistani Working Women's Association and the Karachi Business and Professional Women's Club
    Editor in chief of the magazine The Mirror (1951-1971)
    First woman to speak at Al-Azhar University (1955)
    Ran the publishing house Mirror Press (April 1961)
    Deputy Leader of the Pakistani delegation to the United Nations General Assembly (1970-1971)
    There are various ways to spell her first name in English.
    She sported quite an afro.
    Her literary works were less well-known than her contributions in journalism.
    Her time speaking at Al-Azhar University was fraught with controversy because she discussed the sensitive Kashmir issue.
    She was dismissed as 'rashly emotional' by Ayub Khan, whom she criticized.
    After her husband's death, she became disenchanted with the new generation of Pakistanis, prompting her to seclude herself.
    Unlike most marriages of her time, hers wasn't an arranged marriage.
    She and her husband helped refugees fleeing to Pakistan during the 1947 Partition of India.
    She was unafraid of criticizing the Pakistani government whenever she saw fit.
    Her outspoken criticism of dictatorial regimes in Pakistan, particularly those of Iskander Mirza and Ayub Khan, nearly resulted in a ban on The Mirror several times, particularly in 1957.
    The 1957 attempted ban on The Mirror was deemed illegal, making headlines in the history of journalism.
    She befriended many public figures during her lifetime, including Marilyn Monroe and Jean Negulesco.
    She was admired even by her detractors for her courage and contributions to the field of journalism.

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