This article is in two parts. The first part provides an overview of the life of the Egyptian feminist Doria Shafik (1908–1975) by drawing extensively on the work of her biographer Cynthia Nelson. This allows readers unfamiliar with Shafik to understand her social, political, and cultural milieu. The second part consists of translations from the Arabic of four editorials that Shafik wrote in her feminist magazine Bint al-Nīl.

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