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Dr. Maleeha Lodhi – The Superwoman!

How often have you heard a woman defining her life on her own terms like a superwoman? Few of you might argue that the world is full of them, but the truth suggests otherwise. In a society like ours, where babies are still buried alive because of being born as girls, it is way too difficult for a common woman to make a name for herself.

Dr. Maleeha Lodhi is a name that needs no introduction if you are wee bit interested in Politics. She is a Pakistani political scientist, academician, diplomat and military strategist. She has played a very important role in the diplomatic missions of Pakistan. And not only that, but she has held few very important positions for Pakistani governments as well.

Dr. Maleeha – Courage Personified:

She has seen even the lows of life in form of her marriage, which could not last for more than 5 years and got divorced only after a short period of her marriage. Even a failed marriage did not stop her from pursuing her dreams, that is, she kept herself busy in politics.

She has served twice as Pakistan Ambassador to the US during two different administrations (1993-1996 and 1999-2002) which defines how strong and courageous she is, as a woman. She has also held the position of the High Commissioner of Pakistan to UK from 2003-2008. And she was associated with the United Nations for sometime as a member of UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament.

Achievements – Just Another Thing for Her:

There are people who get complacent after what they have achieved in their lives and then there is Dr. Maleeha Lodhi. The lady never seems to get tired of achieving things that seem unreal to many of the people out there. She has received the Hilal-e-Imtiaz award for her services to Pakistan by the Government of Pakistan and is the only person from Pakistan who was selected as one of the global pacesetters and leaders who would define the 21st century by the Times Magazine in 1994. She has received the Honorary Fellowship from the London School of Economics. And she has also received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters from London’s Metropolitan University.

A Look at Her Past:

Maleeha being born in Lahore, got her school education from Lahore and Rawalpindi and thereafter did her B.Sc. in Economics and PhD in Political Science from the London School of Economics. She has taught for a short while at the Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad and at the London School of Economics for five years. She was the also the founding editor of The News International and was only the first woman in Asia to edit a daily newspaper.

What Women can learn from Her?

She has set an example for every woman out there that if you are willing to work hard and trying to achieve success in your life, you will do it. No matter how bumpy the ride can get, the end result will be in your favour. 

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