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Egyptian aviatrix Lotfia Nady commemorated in a Google 'doodle'
Egyptian aviatrix Lotfia Nady commemorated in a Google 'doodle'

Archive photos show an indomitable-looking young woman in flight goggles and an old-style leather helmet, ready to take to the cockpit of a 1930s-era prop plane. On Wednesday, pioneering Egyptian aviatrix Lotfia Nady was commemorated on what would have been her 107th birthday in a Google “doodle,” viewed by many millions of search engine users around the world. Decades after her heyday, however, Nady’s exploits are for some a painful reminder of the basic rights denied in the present day to many women in Egypt, where sexual harassment and assault are rampant, female genital mutilation is commonplace and social mores grow increasingly conservative. In 1933, Nady became...

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