In a world where feminists are too often silenced, Nawal El Saadawi's fight against the patriarchy never fails to go unnoticed.
The feminist icon, activist, physician, and psychiatrist has continuously been upheld as one of the most badass women in the Middle East. She is known for her powerful words that offer insight into the political and sexual rights of women.
The Egyptian feminist has written almost 50 novels that address taboo topics such as female genital mutilation, prostitution, domestic violence, and the imprisonment of women.
El Saadawi is a strong FGM opponent, having undergone the painful and unnecessary procedure at 12 years of age.
Here are some of the leading feminist's most contentious and empowering quotes that will make you rethink your whole perspective on feminism in the Arab world.