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Emily Bisharat was the first female lawyer in Jordan, a pioneering philanthropist and a political activist. She fought to advance gender equity and women's suffrage rights in the Arab world.
Her father refused her request to become a laywer, so she studied to become a teacher in the 1930s. It was the only permitted job a woman could have at the time. It was only after her father passed that she studied at the London Metropolitan University and became a member of the Jordan Bar Association's council.
In 1945 Bisharat established the Arab Women's Union, which called for "equal rights and responsibilities, and pan-Arab unity". But the union was closed down in 1957.
The activist also delivered several lectures in the United States on the rights of the Palestinian people upon the 1948 Nakbah.
She sometimes published her articles under the pseudonym Bin Al Urdon "Daughter of Jordan".
She passed away in 2004 and donated her fortune to charities and churches.
Source: Jordan Times