In light of so many feminists insisting that muslim countries are far more misogynistic than western countries like the United States, I would like to point out that the grand ol’ USA has never had a female president. While that might change in a few years, it would be good to remember that Pakistan made Benazir Bhutto, a woman, their prime minister back in 1988.
“As a woman leader, I thought I brought a different kind of leadership. I was interested in women’s issues, in bringing down the population growth rate… as a woman, I entered politics with an additional dimension – that of a mother.“
Granted, Bhutto had some help from her father Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, who was a past leader of Pakistan. When Benazir Bhutto’s father was executed in 1979 under the rule of dictator Mohammad Zia-ul-Haq, Benazir became the head of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s party, the Pakistan’s People’s Party. Benazir Bhutto was frequently under house arrest and was even exiled but eventually was able to serve two terms as prime minister.
With that, keep Benazir Bhutto in mind the next time you want to make assumptions an entire religion or culture. Bhutto was a different kind of leader, a Muslim woman leader, who had a great deal of influence on politics and is not to be forgotten.