The Role of Women in Egypt's Uprising

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An Egyptian female demonstrator holds up a sign calling for the end of the current regime as she and others gather in Tahrir Square, in central Cairo, on January 31, 2011.
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Women have long been on the frontlines of poliltical uprisings in Egypt. We see them now in the streets chanting for Mubarak to step down. Women were also integral in the 919 revolution in Egypt, which pushed out Egypt’s British occupiers. It is a misconception that women are not part of the pro-Democracy demonstrators, says Mona Eltahawy, columnist and speaker on Muslim and Arab issues.

Will the participation of women in this dramatic historic moment bode well for the health of a future democracy in the world's largest Arab country?