On the day she was born, Fawzia Koofi nearly died after being left outside in the unrelenting Afghan sun. But against all odds, Koofi survived and went on to become Afghanistan’s first female deputy speaker of Parliament. Today, Koofi’s name is floated in discussions about whether Afghanistan is ready for a first female president.
In her new memoir, The Favored Daughter, Koofi describes the hardship of being a woman in Afghanistan. She says it isn’t hard to understand why her mother was distraught to learn that she’d given birth to another girl: Her husband, who was a member of Parliament himself, had recently married a much younger woman, and Koofi’s mother hoped to regain his love by giving birth to a son. Read full story on NPR