May Ziade

“pioneer of Middle Eastern feminism.”

“I am a woman who has spent her life between her pens, stationery, books, and research. All my thoughts have been centered around ideals. This idealistic life has made me oblivious to how malicious people can be. I have ignored the malice and certain people’s deadly poison disguised as gentleness”

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“We chant beautiful words in vain, words of freedom, and liberty. If you, men of the East, keep the core of slavery in your homes represented by your wives and daughters, will the children of slaves be free?”

  • Article in Signs Journal (1979) on May Ziadeh (Download PDF)