“No nation can rise to the height of glory unless your women are side by side with you; we are victims of evil customs. It is a crime against humanity that our women are shut up within the four walls of the houses as prisoners. There is no sanction anywhere for the deplorable condition in which our women have to live.” – Muhammad Ali Jinnah, 1944
An empowered woman gives birth to an empowered generation.
We wont progress unless we recognize our women and give them the opportunity to express their potential.
Meet Tasneem Zehra Husain
Tasneem is a Pakistani theoretical physicist who happens to be one of the few Pakistani women to obtain a doctorate in physics. She has the distinction of being the first Pakistani woman string theorist. Husain has represented Pakistan at the Meeting of Nobel Laureates in Lindau, Germany and led the Pakistan team to the World Year of Physics (WYP) Launch Conference in Paris. In 2013, Husain was invited by the Cambridge Science Festival to be the moderator for a panel of eminent scientists.
Husain attended Kinnaird College in Lahore where she obtained her Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Mathematics and Physics. This was followed by a Master of Science (M.S.) in Physics from the Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad. She then went to Trieste, Italy on a scholarship awarded by the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) for a yearlong post-graduate degree in the field of High-Energy Physics. Husain obtained her PhD in Theoretical Physics from Stockholm University in 2003, after which she went to Harvard University for a two-year-long post-doctoral research position.
After the ICTP, Husain moved to Sweden to attend Stockholm University where her thesis advisor was Dr. Ansar Fayyazuddin. She completed her PhD in theoretical physics at the age of twenty six, becoming the first Pakistani woman String Theorist. She helped establish the LUMS School of Science and Engineering in Lahore, where she returned as a founding faculty member. She currently resides in Cambridge. Tasneem has authored a book, Only The Longest Threads which in her words, “ reimagines defining moments of discovery when new scientific theories changed our understanding not only of the universe, but also our place in it.”
Sadly, we live in a society where patriarchy still prevails and this shattered the dreams of many girls around us.
Sorry lads but there is no shame in admitting the fact that our women do have more potential than us.