"We should free the woman, so that her children won't grow up to become slaves.
And we should remove the veil of illusions from her eyes, so that by looking into them,
her husband, brother and son will discover that there is a great meaning to life."
These spellbinding words are the saying of a renowned feminist, who was among the first Arab literary figures to embellish feminine intellectuality.
Born in Nazareth in 1886, to a Lebanese father and Palestinian mother, May (Marry) Zeyadeh lived in a world where women were hammered by patriarchy and male chauvinism.
Born in 1925 in Beirut to a Muslim Syrian father and a Christian Greek mother, Etel Adnan worked for the French Information Bureau at 16 years of age. She Attended Ecole Superieure des Lettres and taught at the Ahliya School for Girls.
Etel Adnan then studied philosophy at the Sorbonne in Paris, the University of California, Berkeley, and Harvard. She taught philosophy of art at Dominican College of San Rafael, California, and has presented courses, classes, and lectures at over forty universities and colleges throughout the United States.
Evelyn C. Shakir Associate Professor BA, Wellesley College; MA, Harvard University; PhD. Boston University Author of Bint Arab: Arab and Arab American Women in the United States (Praeger, 1997). For some years research has also centered on Arab American literature; more recently, has begun publishing short fiction. Teaching interests include ethnic literature, autobiography, and creative writing (the personal essay).
Nayla Moawad is a second term deputy in the Lebanese Parliament. She received the highest number of votes in her district in the parliamentary elections. She serves on both the Parliamentarian Committee for Finance and for Education and Culture. She also heads the Parliamentarian Committee for the Rights of Children. H.E. is also the founder of the Rene Moawad Foundation and its President in Lebanon as well as its Honorary President in the US. She was the First Lady of Lebanon in 1989. She participated in numerous international conferences amongst them the Women's Conference in Beijing. Mrs.
Kathy Najimy, born to Lebanese immigrant parents Fred and Samia Najimy, is not only and actress, but a director, writer, and producer. She received two Annie Award nominations for her work on the T.V. series King of the Hill. Although most may not recognize her as the voice for "Peggy" how can we forget her in the blockbuster role as "Sister Mary Patrick" from the hit comedy movie Sister Act. The role won her an American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actress and a nomination from the Hollywood Women's Press Club for Female Discovery of the Year.