Feminist writer Malak Hifni Nasif was born in Cairo, Egypt on December 25, 1886. She advocated for the equality of women in all career fields, and the inclusion of women in worship at mosques. Nasif viewed education as a key tool of women’s empowerment, and did not believe that all feminism should be associated with European feminism nor that women should unveil for the sake of unveiling. A book of her speeches and essays, titled al Nisa’iyyat, was published in 1910, and she was also the first female contributor to a mainstream Egyptian newspaper.
Malak Hifni Nasif died in 1918 at the age of 31.