Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha

Date of Birth: December 9th, 1976

Place of Birth: Sheffield, United Kingdom

Dr. Hanna-Attisha is a pediatrician at Hurley Medical Center and a professor at Michigan State University. In 2015 she became well known due to her discovery and advertisement of the Flint Water Crisis. The crisis she came to find was exposing children in Flint, Michigan to dangerous levels of lead. Dr. Hanna-Attisha is an advocate for children, immigrants, and women in STEM.


Eadeh, N. (2017, March 8). Honoring 30 Influential Arab American Women for International Women’s Day. Retrieved July 21, 2019, from international-womens-day/

Mukhlisa Bubi

Date of Birth: 1869

Place of  Birth: İj-Bubıy, Russia

Mukhlisa Bubi was the first woman to be appointed a qadi (judge) in the modern Muslim world. She and her brothers founded the first modern girl’s school in Tatarstan. After the Russian Revolution in 1917 Mukhlisa was part of a group of Muslim women that organized the All-Russian Muslim Women’s Congress. They outlined proposals to reform women’s social status, increase their rights in the family and promote equality between the sexes. She directed the Department of Family Affairs, addressing issues of marriage, divorce, dowry and inheritance and their impacts upon women. She drafted a model marriage contract designed to maximize women’s rights within the framework of shari’a.


Joyce Kama

Date of Birth: Unknown

Place of Birth: Lebanon

Joyse Karam is the Washington Bureau Chief for Al-Hayat Newspaper, an International Arabic Daily which is based out of London. Her work since 2004 has focused on American politics, specifically U.S. policy towards Middle East countries.


Joyce Karam. (n.d.). Al-Hayat Newspaper

Noor Inayat Khan

Date of Birth: January 1, 1914

Place of  Birth: Moscow, Russia

Noor Inayat Khan was a renowned spy who served as a wireless operator for the Special Operations Executive during World War II. She had worked in Nazi-occupied France with a small group of radio operators. Soon after arrival, her team was captured, and she continued dangerous work in France. Khan was arrested and imprisoned in October 1943. About a year later she was transferred to the Dachau concentration camp. Posthumously, Khan was awarded multiple honors for her work and her bravery. In 1949, she was awarded the George Cross, the second-highest British honor for bravery, as well as the French Croix de Guerre with a silver star.